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Norway joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in April 2012 and has been a key contributor to the Coalition Trust Fund. Norway is an active partner in the Coalition, working in the Mineral Methane initiative and promoting high-level support for integrated action on air pollution and climate change through measures to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
Norway is part of other international initiatives aiming at reduction in SLCP-emissions, including the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the Global Gas Flaring Reduction (GGFR).
Some important domestic regulations and actions to reduce the emissions of short lived climate pollutants:
Emission inventories and action plan to cut Norwegian emissions from short-lived climate forcers:
The Norwegian Ministry of the Environment has mandated The Climate and Pollution Agency to develop a National Action Plan for reducing emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCF). The Action Plan will include recommendations for measures and instruments for cutting SLCF emissions up to 2030, and is expected to be presented in June 2013. In preparing the basis for the National Action Plan, The Climate and Pollution Directorate has further been requested to develop a separate emission inventory for Black Carbon in Norway, including measurement of emissions from the anticipated largest source, wood burning in residential stoves. The inventory is expected to be presented in February 2013.
Work under Arctic Council (AC):
The work on climate change and short lived climate forcers is a high priority area for Norway under the AC. Norway is co-chairing a Task Force to identify existing and new measures to reduce emissions of these forcers and recommend further immediate actions. Norway is also co-leading a project on Black Carbon Reduction from Residential Wood Stoves under the AC.
Work under the Nordic Council of Ministers:
Under Norwegian Chairmanship the Nordic Ministers of Environment in March 2012 launched the Svalbard Declaration on Short Lived Climate Forcers. The declaration says i. a. that the Nordic countries will:
In the declaration the Environment Ministers further agreed to strengthen their efforts to reduce emissions of SLCFs on national, regional and global level.
The Convention on Long Range air Pollution (The LRTAP Convention):
Norway is a Party to the Gothenburg Protocol under the UN-ECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. In May 2012 the Parties adopted a revised Gothenburg Protocol with new emission reduction commitments for PM2.5 of which black carbon is a fraction. Parties are encouraged to target sources known to emit high amounts of black carbon while meeting the emission reduction target for PM, and encouraged to develop an emission inventory for Black Carbon.
International Maritime Organisation (IMO):
Norway has together with Sweden and the United States initiated work in the IMO to develop measures to reduce the impact on the Arctic of emissions of Black Carbon from international shipping.
Norway is financing and contributing with experts in bilateral cooperation with Russia in order to reduce black carbon from coal and/or heavy oil fired power stations in the Barents Region.
See video about Norway's work on SLCPs: https://www.youtube.com/4pDfMp1ZZaw
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