Norway has been named “today’s fossil” by the Climate Action Network (CAN) at the climate summit in Glasgow. The Minister of the Environment says that he in no way feels hit.
The coveted prize is awarded daily to the countries that “do the most to contribute the least” during the climate negotiations and was first awarded during the climate negotiations in Bonn in 1999.
While Norway “won”, Japan came in second place and Australia in third.
Climate Action Network (CAN) is the world’s largest civil society network. They point out that Norway will develop – and not phase out – oil and gas production.
That Norway is named “Today’s fossil”, says Secretary General Karoline Andaur of the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature is completely in place.
She believes that Norway has a “double role” as both climate advocate and oil and gas producer – and says it is natural that this gets attention at the climate summit in Glasgow.
– In a short time, Støre has taught the UN that gas is an energy source for the future, at the same time as he has put forward concrete proposals to combat climate change, Andaur points out.
The Minister of the Environment: – I feel in no way hit
The recent Minister of Climate and Environment Espen Barth Eide (Labor Party) writes in an e-mail to VG that “we must tolerate that attention is drawn to the fact that Norway is a producer of oil and gas, and that we have not set an end date for further search”.
– I register that many see this as a paradox, when we are also concerned about climate. But I completely disagree that Norway is not a constructive contributor in international climate cooperation, writes Barth Eide (Labor) further.
He emphasizes that he is responding on behalf of the entire government.
“Precisely because we are an oil and gas-producing country, I believe that we have a special responsibility to take a clear role in speeding up the transition to an emission-free future, which requires a fundamental restructuring of the world’s energy systems,” says Barth Eide.
– Until that has happened, there will still be demand for fossil energy. Norway has been, and will be, a strong driving force for new green technology, and I do not feel in any way affected by us being a so-called worst.
– Well deserved
– It is well deserved, says general secretary of the Nature Conservation Association, Maren Esmark.
The Norwegian Society for Nature Conservation is part of the international climate network that today awarded the climate change award to Norway. It was the Nature Conservation Association that today nominated Norway for the award together with the WWF World Wide Fund for Nature.
– It is deserved because we come as one of the richest countries in the world to the most important climate summit and then have no measures in our luggage, but only continue with the operation of today’s oil business and on top of that we are a country that will look for new oil fields .
Esmark believes that this reduces Norway’s ability to influence climate issues.
– If Norway is to become a climate actor, then we must take climate responsibility and take the lead. Norway is responsible for around 1.2 per cent of the annual global emissions, when we include emissions from the oil and gas we sell.
Refers to the government’s climate policy
Earlier Tuesday night, VG tried to get in touch with Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party). He then had no opportunity to comment on the award.
In an SMS, State Secretary Tale Jordbakke (Labor Party) does not specifically answer what the Prime Minister’s view on the award of the “today’s fossil” prize is, but writes:
“The most important thing we can do now is to cut emissions, and the government aims to cut climate emissions by 55 percent by 2030. We want to double climate funding, so that the poor countries also have the opportunity to develop new technology and switch to renewable energy. Norway has taken the lead in developing new and green technology, including carbon capture and storage, which is absolutely necessary to achieve the climate goals. “
Ropstad: Must get rid of the worst temple
Storting representative and member of the energy and environment committee, Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF), believes that the award clarifies how much responsibility rests on the government in taking an international leadership in a global challenge.
– We can not be familiar with being the worst in a question of restructuring where Norway has already taken major steps, Ropstad says in a statement.
He points out that the previous government, of which KrF was a part, initiated a plan for offensive climate policy and to achieve the goal of cutting Norway’s emissions by 55% by 2030.
– It is absolutely crucial that the new government continues this offensive commitment and gets rid of the worst stamp, he concludes.