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Roundup: Norway reports continued decline in greenhouse gas emission intensity

OSLO, Dec. 22 — The growth in Norway's economy in 2014 did not lead to corresponding growth in greenhouse gas emissions, as the country reported continued decline in emission intensity, the state's statistics bureau said Monday.

The emission intensity for greenhouse gases in Norway was measured at 14.8 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per million Norwegian kroner produced in 2014, decreasing by 3.0 percent compared to 2013, according to a report published by Statistics Norway.

The year 2014 was the fourth consecutive year of decline in the emission intensity, the bureau said, adding that as in previous years, the decrease in 2014 could be attributed to a relatively high growth in the less emission-intensive service industries compared to other industries.

However, a decline in the emission intensity in the manufacturing industries, ocean and coastal water transport, as well as land transport also contributed to the overall decrease in the emission intensity, it said.

Increased emission intensities in the oil and gas extraction industry curbed the overall decrease in the emission intensity, Statistics Norway said in the report.

The 2.5 percent growth in the Norwegian economy in 2014 was mainly due to growth in the service sectors, manufacturing industries and the oil and gas extraction industries, while the greenhouse gas emissions related to this economic activity decreased by 0.5 percent, totaling 56.2 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

The decrease in emissions from the manufacturing industries and the transport industries made a particular contribution to the total decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, while the emissions in the oil and gas extraction industries pulled in the opposite direction, the report said.

The emission intensity for greenhouse gases for the Norwegian economy has steadily decreased since 1990 and has been reduced by almost 50 percent. This reduction is partly due to technological advances, changes in the mix of energy products used, a shift towards more energy-efficient production, and structural changes.

A shift from the use of fossil fuels towards fuels based on renewable sources is also helping to reduce emissions. Structural changes in the economy, for example, a shift from manufacturing industries to service industries, also have the same effect. (PNA/Xinhua)

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