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Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft and Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien. Photo: Mission of Norway to the EUMinister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft and Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien. Photo: Mission of Norway to the EU

Norwegian position on the proposed EU framework for climate and energy policies towards 2030

Last updated: 07.10.2014 // The upcoming EU decisions on a framework for the climate and energy policies towards 2030 and on the Energy Security Strategy, come at a crucial point in time. Intensified efforts to mitigate climate change, to increase energy security and to enhance competitiveness, come together.

Document: Read the Norwegian position on the proposed EU framework for climate and energy policies towards 2030

Norway is a large exporter of oil and gas. Almost all mainland electricity production is renewable. We are a major energy supplier to the EU and we are part of the internal energy market under the EEA Agreement. As an energy partner to the EU, we will continue to contribute to the further development of the EU 2030 framework and the Energy Security Strategy. As the Norwegian Government is now pursuing a more proactive stance on European issues, we will enter into dialogue with the Green Growth Group and consider cooperation on specific issues.

The EU plays an important role as a global leader in climate policy. Norway welcomes a comprehensive approach to future climate and energy policies. We agree on the need for a strong and ambitious framework in Europe that ensures emissions reductions in line with the two-degree target. As highlighted by the work of the IPCC, there is a need for substantial and sustainable reductions of greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to achieve this target.

Norway has recommended that the EU establish a new framework based on a single ambitious target for emissions reductions by 2030, in line with the two-degree target. We believe that a single ambitious emission reduction target would provide the long-term incentives needed for a cost-efficient path of development.

We take note of the current proposals for a framework consisting of targets for emissions reductions, the share of renewable energy on an EU level, and energy efficiency. The implementation of the final targets and measures will need to be carefully coordinated in order to avoid unintended and adverse effects in the energy market.

 


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