Department for Marine Management and Pollution Control

The department develops strategy and policy aimed at the marine environment, pollution, chemicals and product regulation, waste (including marine litter and microplastics) and environmental considerations in EEA, and trade and investment agreements.

The main tasks are the development of legal, administrative and economic regulations and incentives, and the implementation and further development of relevant international agreements. The department has four sections.

The department is responsible for the integrated management of the marine environment both at the national and international level. Responsibility across sectors for management plans for marine areas, for safeguarding the environment within the sectors (the petroleum industry, fisheries, shipping) and for the protection and management of marine areas/coastal areas under the Natural Diversity Act. The Oil for Development program. Marine environment cooperation in the High North, IMO, the OSPAR and London conventions. Research and environmental monitoring of the marine and coastal areas.

The department is responsible for environmental legislation and management of the natural environment at Svalbard, Norwegian environmental management in the Antarctic and international environmental cooperation in the High North and the Antarctic, including the Arctic Council, the Barents Council and bilateral cooperation with Russia. Polar research, management of the Norwegian Polar Institute and the environmental activities of the Governor of Svalbard.

The department is responsible for international cooperation and national policy development for chemicals, transboundary air pollution, waste, discharge and radioactive pollution. Management of the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority in the field of environment. The Pollution Control Act. Environmental technology.

The department is responsible for coordination and development of environment policies within the Agreement on the European Economic Area and European policy, Nordic cooperation and the safeguarding of environmental considerations in agreements outside the environmental field, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and EFTA free trade agreements. Environmentally-friendly government procurement/green government, the Aarhus Convention regarding the right to information about the environment and the Norwegian Environmental Information Act.

The department consists of the following sections

  • Department Secretariat

    The Department Secretariat is responsible for the department's work on the national budget, financial management, grant management, reporting, central government accounts and its own accounts. It contributes to the management of the Norwegian Environment Agency, the Norwegian Maritime Authority and the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, provides leadership support in personnel management and coordinates/handles administrative matters for the department.

    Deputy Director General Mari Archer Sæther

  • Section for Waste and Resource Efficiency

    The section is responsible for international cooperation, including with the EU/EEA, and national policy development in the area of waste. This includes inter alia instruments and measures for better utilization of waste as a resource in a more circular economy, such as increased material recycling and re-use, schemes for extended producer responsibility, work to reduce food waste and cleaning up marine litter. It is also responsible for the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes.

    Deputy Director General Hege Jordbakke

  • Section for Sustainable Products

    The section is responsible for international cooperation, including with the EU/EEA, and national policy development in the area of more sustainable products and value chains in a more circular economy. This includes inter alia the chemicals policy, the development of a new framework for sustainable products (ecodesign) as part of the EU/EEA and environmental issues related to key value chains such as plastics and batteries. It has a special responsibility for the Product Control Act with associated regulations and the proposed new law for sustainable products and value chains. It is responsible for several chemicals conventions and the work related to the development of a new global, legally binding agreement to end plastic pollution.

    Deputy Director General Mona Aarhus

  • Section for EEA and Trade

    The section has chief responsibility for the Ministry's follow-up of the EEA Agreement, EFTA and the Nordic Council of Ministers, as well as the EEA and Norway Grants, and the Nordic environmental financing institution NEFCO. It is also responsible for environmental aspects of trade agreements, the Environmental Information Act, the Aarhus Convention and state aid.

    Deputy Director General Agnethe Dahl

  • Section for Pollution Control

    The section is responsible for international cooperation, including with the EU/EEA, and development of national policy relating to long-range air pollution. It has a special responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Pollution Control Act and the Product Control Act with associated regulations. It is also responsible for emissions and discharges from, for example, industry, aquaculture and sewage, as well as the environmental impact of radiation in Norway.

    Deputy Director General Vidar Vik

  • Section for Marine Environment

    The section has overall responsibility for the integrated management plans for the Norwegian marine environment, the protection of marine biodiversity, and for pollution control and other impacts on the marine environment. It is also responsible for international cooperation on the marine environment and for follow-up of a number of international conventions in the field.

    Deputy Director General Anja Elisenberg