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The Sky’s Limit Norway: Why Norway Should Lead the Way in a Managed Decline of Oil and Gas Extraction

Oil Change International
In collaboration with Naturvernforbundet, Greenpeace Norway, Kirkens Nødhjelp, Natur Og Ungdom, WWF Norway

August 2017

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A new study released by Oil Change International, examines the role of Norwegian oil and gas Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 12.13.52 PMproduction in a Paris-aligned global carbon budget. The report confirms that while Norway has precedent-setting potential, the country must step up and lead in a managed decline of its fossil fuel sector.

Key Findings:

  • Through its oil and gas exports, Norway is exporting 10 times more emissions than the
    country produces at home.
  • Norway is the world’s seventh largest exporter of emissions.
  • Norway’s proposed and prospective new oil and gas fields would lead to 150% more emissions than what is in currently operating fields.
  • Norway’s emissions trajectory with proposed and prospective new oil and gas fields is
    not in line with the rate of global emissions reduction needed to achieve the Paris goals.

Key Recommendations:

  • Freeze further leases or permits for new oil and gas extraction projects or transportation infrastructure that would incentivize additional exploration.
  • Publicly commit to managing the decline of the fossil fuel industry within the Paris goals of 1.5 degrees Celsius or well below 2 degrees Celsius.
  • Redefine global climate leadership by setting a global precedent to manage the decline of existing production in line with climate safe limits while ensuring a just transition for affected workers and communities.

Click here to download the report.

Click here to read the report’s Executive Summary in Norwegian.

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