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Norwegian Public officials flying more and the question emerged as to how they'll enforce emissions control and target

Saturday, 21 April 2012
The Norwegian government wants to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, but its employees tend to fly more with the view that more pollution is carried out by air travel. With the Environment Ministry among the "worst", the question now is how are they going to meet or even enforce their targets?

The Norwegian government aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020, but reports now hold that it will be even difficult to make that goal by constantly flying.

In 2011, the government employees were provided a total emission of 150,000 tons of CO2 just by flights. Public officials flew over 665,000 flights, nearly 8,400 more than the year before.

It also strikes a report prepared by the Ministry of Government Administration and that as many as one in five flight by the state official is unnecessary and could have be replaced with video conferencing. Emissions can be cut to as much as 14,600 tonnes of CO2 a year with such a reduction in travel activity.

The Foreign Service, Norad and the Norwegian Space Centre lead the air travel league, but the Ministry of Environment’s 290 employees were strongly contributing to high greenhouse gas emissions at fifth position on the list of those who fly the most.

Environment Minister Bård Vegar Solhjell, says that they’ll try to limit the number of flights it ministry takes. “The growth in flights is weaker than in the budgets and the economy, so it's not dramatic,” he said. He admits that there may be a significant potential to replace flights with new meeting forms.

In 2007, the Ministry of Finance to bought carbon credits to offset emissions from international flights, which account for around two thirds of the total journey length.
The approximately 50,000 tonnes of emissions from domestic flights are not bought carbon offsets.
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