The coal power plant in Longyearbyen on Svalbard released record-high CO₂ in 2019, with 77,000 tons, reports NRK.
Over the past seven years, emissions have increased by 44 per cent, from 54,151 tons of CO₂ in 2012 to 77,892 tons in 2019. The increased emissions are partly due to increased need for district heating due to greater development and population, according to the channel.
Furthermore, much of the older housing stock is poorly insulated, and the population does not pay per unit of energy, but by heated area.
Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tina Bru (Høyre) tells NRK that work on finding alternatives has begun.
“I am committed to finding sustainable solutions for the future, but which also ensure a secure supply of energy. It is important for the society on Svalbard,” says Bru.
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