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Environmental requirements go up in smoke

Thanks to the quota law, Statoil does not have to do anything with the emissions from the Mongstad refinery. – Sorry, says Minister of the Environment Helen Bjørnøy.


[emissions] The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) presented it as good news a month ago: Companies subject to quotas emitted four per cent less CO2 in 2005. And this shows – the authorities believe – that the new quota system reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

However, the truth is that the new quota law that came into force on 1 January 2005 so far does not work. Thanks to free government quotas and falling prices on the open quota market in Norway and Europe, companies such as Statoil's Mongstad refinery can buy themselves free of such and nothing. The result is that the major pollutants do not emit less, but pay a little more.

- It is very unfortunate if Statoil and others have not implemented measures to. . .

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