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Norway to Set 2030 Deadline for Zero Net Emissions

Norway’s parliament is primed to approve a goal of slashing the country’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030.

With Norway already sourcing 95% of its electricity from hydropower, the goal is likely to be achieved by buying vast quantities of overseas carbon credits.

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The oil and gas producer will have to further cut its carbon footprint in other sectors. Data for 2015 released in May indicates emissions rose 1.5%.

One proposal under discussion is restricting the sale of petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2025.

“This should set an example for others,” said Lars Haltbrekken, chairman of Friends of the Earth Norway.

“There is a big gap that needs to be closed to meet the new temperature targets and we need increased ambition by everyone on 2018.”

A vote is expected on 14 June, which local observers say will be a “formality”.