Almost no green growth in Norway

green energyNorway has almost no green growth. Photo: Jan-Morten Bjørnbakk / NTB scanpix

There is hardly any green growth in Norway and it is the worst of the Nordic countries in faciliating green growth, according to a recent study.
On Thursday the  NHO unions Abelia and Norwegian Manufacturing Industry and BI organized a conference on smart, green growth.
– The government talks about green growth, green jobs and restructuring, but it does not put the neccessary amount of effort into making it a reality. These days you can call almost anything green growth. That seems like complete nonsense,  Associate Professor Per Espen Stoknes of BI says.
He has looked into the OECD figures for green growth, and the conclusion is discouraging.
– Norway is still stuck in the “brown” growth model from the 1900s in a world where our neighboring countries are reorganising. Two sectors share most of the blame for Norway lagging behind, namely offshore and transportation,  Stoknes explains.

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Researchers define green growth as an increase in values with less overall environmental impact. Of the Nordic countries Sweden is clearly the best at this, but Denmark and Finland have had far better green growth than Norway since 2000.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today   ,