Emissions of climate gases may lead to an increase in the earth´s mean surface temperature. This may lead to changed precipitation patterns and wind systems, dislocate climatic zones and raise the sea level. Such changes may entail major consequences both for natural ecosystems and for society.


The agreement on climate policy

Through the agreement on climate policy in the Storting, Norwegian politicians have adopted goals for climate policy and measures for how we will reach the goals. The agreements are a result of the broad political consensus that Norway shall take a responsibility for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through an active national policy.


Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI)

Norway has pledged up to 3 billion NOK a year to help save these forests while improving the livelihoods of those who life of, in, and near the forests.


Climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that most of the global warming has been caused by human activities. Since pre-industrial times the world has become about 0.8 degrees warmer. The warming is expected to continue throughout this century and entails greater risk of extreme weather, more rainfall, floods and ocean acidification.

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The EU proposes climate targets for Norway

2016-07-20: The European Commission has proposed a preliminary 2030 emissions reduction target for Norway. Efforts are shared among European countries and Norway’s target for reductions in sectors outside the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) is a reduction of 40% by 2030, over 2005 levels. Final target figures are subject to further calculations by the Commission.

Agriculture and climate change

2016-06-24: Greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by about 13 percent from 1990, and in 2013 amounted to just over 8 percent of the Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions. A Project Group reviewing agriculture challenges in the face of climate change has concluded that, including emissions from transport, construction and land, the further potential for emission reduction from today and until 2030 is estimated to be near 20 percent.

Norway has ratified the Paris Agreement

2016-06-21: Norway has ratified the international Paris Agreement on climate change. We are amongst the first States that formally join the Paris Agreement.

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White Paper

New emission commitment for Norway for 2030 – towards joint fulfilment with the EU

The purpose of the white paper is to inform the Storting (Norwegian parliament) about Norway’s proposed contribution to international mitigation commitments for the period 2021–30.


Green Competitiveness

Executive summary of report from the Norwegian Government’s Expert Committee for Green Competitiveness. The expert committee have consisted of Connie Hedegaard and Idar Kreutzer.

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Department for Climate Change

Phone: +47 22 24 57 11
Address: P.B. 8013 Dep, 0030 Oslo