Norwegian government promises strong emission cuts already this autumn

Espen Barth EidePhoto: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Climate Minister Espen Barth Eide (AP) and Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre (AP) promise that the Norwegian government will step up climate policy already this autumn.

“When said that we have higher climate ambitions than the previous government, so we must show it in the supplementary proposal to the state budget,” Eide told the newspaper Aftenposten.

The supplementary proposal is, in practice, a list of priority changes to the Solberg government’s latest budget proposal, which the former administration presented before the change of government. Eide says that he wants to be honest about the fact that it is impossible for the government to “turn everything around in a few weeks.”

“We will look for the most rational, cost-effective, and efficient measures that reduce emissions in all sectors of society,” he said.

Minister of Trade and Industry Vestre is willing to use the muscles of the state to achieve the goals.

“I believe that the world’s richest country must be willing to take some greater risk. The shift we are going through now is the biggest change in recent Norwegian history. The problem here in Norway is not that we have taken too much risk. We have rather been too cowardly to point out a direction and do what works. We no longer have time for that,” Vestre noted.

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