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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Positive forest statistics from Brazil – but world rainforests under rising pressure

2017-10-20: Fresh figures from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) indicate that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon decreased by 16 per cent in the past year compared with the year before. Nevertheless, forests in many parts of the world are under increasing pressure, according to new figures provided by Global Forest Watch, a forest information service.

A budget spurring on green competitiveness

2017-10-12: The government will strengthen Norway's green competitiveness and cooperate with industry to create new jobs. The Ministry of Climate and Environment will also spend more money on climate research, climate negotiations and on the UN climate panel.

NOK 1.3 billion increase for climate and environment

2017-10-12: The Government's budget proposal for 2018 has a clear climate and environment profile. A number of climate measures have been proposed that cut greenhouse gas emissions, both nationally and internationally. In addition, there are measures that strengthen the business sector's green competitiveness. A new investment company is one of the tools.

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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