Will the Norwegian Climate White Paper deliver by 2050?

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Publish date: May 23, 2012

That will be the question in debate when the Bellona Foundation arranges its annual conference in Oslo 24th May.

The Ruling Coalition in Norway – the so-called Green/Red Alliance has finally delivered a White Paper on climate, which has been eagerly awaited by environmental groups, industry and the opposition parties. The document aims to present a plan for how to fulfil the Climate Accord between all parties in 2008. The Progress Party did not sign the Accord.

The new Minister of Environment, Mr Bard Vegard Solhjell has hailed the Paper as the most ambitious climate plan yet, but at the same time cautioned that in order to deliver, all future annual budgets and allocations needs to provide adequate funding for action.

The Opposition parties call for a much more ambitious set of actions in order to deliver on the Climate Accord. They doubt that the measures outlined are sufficient.

The conference will be divided into a national and international section. The Norwegian section will have key Norwegian stakeholders presenting their take on the new Climate White Paper, the most prominent among them being Mr. Bard Vegard Solhjell himself.

Three prominent international speakers will frame the Norwegian situation against an international backdrop:

Kai Tullius is the Programme coordinator in Directorate General Energy within the European Commission. Under the title Scenarios, goals and tools for decarbonising Europe, he will present key messages and the future role of CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) from the European Energy Roadmap 2050.

Dr Graeme Sweeney is Chairman of European Union Zero Emissions Platform (EU ZEP) Advisory Council as well as Special Advisor on CO2 for the Royal Dutch Shell. Sweeney will highlight the activities to realize CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) projects and how Shell work worldwide to mitigate their CO2 emissions, in his presentation Deliver CCS demonstration, enable widespread development.

Phillip Joubert is Advisor to The Chairman of Alstom and also Chief Executive Officer of Alstom. In The road to decarbonising the power sector, Joubert will present Alstom’s worldwide activities to refine and lower the cost of CO2 capture technologies. Alstom is one of the two companies establishing capture units at Technology Center Mongstad (TCM).

The International section will commence at 5.00 pm Central European Time (CET) and will be webcasted live HERE.

For more details on presenters and programme (in Norwegian) go HERE.

In addition to the distinguished Norwegian and international speakers, the conference will serve the official launch of Bellona’s climate app for iPads. The app, which can be downloaded from iTunes or accessed online, allows users to explore different climate mitigation options and let them decide for themselves if the White Paper is ambitious enough. Currently only available in Norwegian, an English version of the app will be released shortly.

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