Norway’s plans of exploration and expansion of oil and gas production threatens Paris climate goals – study

Published By : 11 Aug 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Norway is planning to ramp up oil and gas production in the Arctic Ocean, but studies suggest that this act could have adverse effect on climate, and threatens the global efforts of minimizing carbon emission. The studies states that about 12 gigatonnes of carbon could be emitted by exploration sites over the next 50 years, which is  more than 1.5 times the Norwegian fields being tapped or under construction. This report was published by Oil Change International, an NGO backed by Greenpeace, WWF, and Friends of the Earth. In 2015, Paris made an agreement of cutting worldwide carbon emissions to resist the temperature rise on planet. However, the authors of this report say this project threatens the agreement.

Hannah McKinnon of Oil Change International, said that the Paris climate goals intend to keep the world carbon in the limits. However, Norway's plans for exploration, expansion, and production of fossil fuels are dangerous for the climate. The report states that Norway has proposed for 93 blocks for oil and gas exploration, it says that instead of adding new fossil fuel, Norway should rely on existing production.

Statements Supporting Norway’s Plans

However, the government exclaimed that the accusations are unfair considering the contribution of Norway in the global efforts to sustain environment. They added that the responsibility for emissions lie with consumers and not the producers. Furthermore, Norway is doing better than most of the countries, as it gets 97% of power through renewable sources, pioneering carbon storage and capture at cement factories and waste plants, promotes electric vehicles, and has a high carbon tax.

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