A record number of municipalities have applied for climate support

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The Environment Directorate has received 587 applications from municipalities wanting ‘Climate Rate Support’ in 2020. In total, the municipalities have applied for more than NOK 723 million.

This year, the municipalities and counties have been able to apply for support for general climate measures and climate-friendly fast-going boats..

In the state budget for 2020, NOK 77 million has been set aside for fast-going boats and NOK 182 million for other climate measures. Applications have been received for a total of NOK 52 million for ‘speedboats’.

The Climate Rate is a support scheme for municipalities and county councils that want to cut greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to conversion to the low-emission society. The scheme was created by the government in 2016.

This year, 187 municipalities have applied for a total of NOK 723 million in climate support. This is new record.

– In order to convert Norway into a low-emission society, we depend on everyone contributing, including the state, the business community and not least the municipalities, says Climate and Environment Minister Sveinung Rotevatn (V) in a press release.

The municipalities in Viken have applied for the most. In total, the municipalities in the county are requesting around NOK 141 million in support for climate measures.

The municipalities of Troms and Finnmark have applied for NOK 10 million. The municipalities in these counties have applied for the least support.

The Environment Directorate will process the applications until the summer.

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