After looking at the proposal for state budget 2019, SV believes that the budget will break all the climate records for 2020, 2030 and 2050. Disregarding rail and public transport support in the cities, SV proves from the government’s own forecasts in the National Budget, which was proposed today that Solberg & Co. manages to break all agreed climate goals.
There are some positive individual cases here, but overall the budget is bad. Among other things, the government is steadily steering against breaking all climate goals the Parliament has set, says SV’s fiscal spokesman Kari Elisabeth Kaski.
“This means that the Parliament this fall must agree on new major emission cuts in Norway, as SV has suggested,” she adds.
The UN climate panel also presented an alarming climate forecast showing what would happen if the climate change was not maintained within 1.5 degree heating.
Estimations of the National Budget
The government’s estimates show that Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions will decline from 52.4 million tonnes in 2017 to 50.8 by 2020, if the current climate policy continues.
But by 2020 we should be down to 48.6 million tons.
By 2030, the National Budget estimates that Norwegian emissions will be 13.5 per cent below the 2017 level, namely 45.3 million tonnes.
It has been said that emissions must fall by 40 per cent, far more than 13.5 per cent in 2030.
In other words, it must be achieved by purchasing climate quotas and measures in other countries.
For the first time, the Ministry of Finance has also made projections for 2050. The estimate is almost 40 percent cut compared with 2017.
“Then we will be 80-90 percent below,” SV points out.
“The policy will help to cut rainforests”
“The government’s climate policy will help to cut rainforests, instead of climate cuts, even if they try to pretend otherwise,” Kaski said.
Kaski explains the use of palm oil in biofuels that the government has increased the influence of, to ABC Nyheter.
Palm oil plantations feed on rainforests in tropical lands, driven by increasing demand for biofuels as a result of rich country’s climate policy.
Incineration of biofuels also releases greenhouse gases by combustion, but emissions are considered zero in international climate policy, as biofuels stem from renewable sources.
State budget gives rise to climate turmoil
Kaski also believes that the increased focus on rail and public transport in the cities is eaten by roadmaps.
– Rail effort is eaten by road. There are no new climate measures here that will cut emissions quickly, Kaski comments on ABC News.
The Conservation Association also believes that the proposal for a state budget gives rise to climate turmoil.
“If this state budget is adopted, the government continues to steer Norway into a world of violent and devastating climate change. The climate needs a whole crisis package, “says Silje Ask Lundberg, head of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
“With today’s policy, we will still be miles away from the emission cuts we should have. Therefore, we are fully dependent on the fact that the parliament now provides for a crisis package for the climate, “says Askbergberg.
The government estimates that emissions of greenhouse gases will decrease by more than 7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents by 2030 with today’s policy. It is 20 million tonnes less than Norway’s climate responsibility, according to the report Norway’s fair share, she writes in a press release.
Not following the climate fund for the agricultural industry
The Norwegian Confederation Act strongly reacts to the fact that the government does not follow up the parliamentary majority requesting a climate fund for the agricultural industry.
“I have been informed that the government is not following the Parliament’s majority on a climate fund that will contribute to the necessary climate investments in agriculture. The worst drought of the year for over 100 years has shown that we need effective tools to meet climate challenges, “says Lars Petter Bartnes, chairman of the Norwegian federation, in a press release after the state budget was presented today.
According to him, demand to reduce climate emissions in agriculture has a great need for climate investments in land and buildings.
“We believe that a climate fund with a tax advantage is a targeted measure,” says Bartnes, “long-term and necessary investments will be implemented. This will mean significant financial boost for the individual farmer.”
Climate initiative in state budget 2019 are as follows:
The Ministry of Climate and Environment summarizes some of the climate initiatives in the state budget proposal for 2019 as follows:
- The government will increase the transfers to Enova by NOK 344 million. The money will primarily be used for measures that give the greatest reduction in emissions. Particularly in transport, it is possible to increase the rate of introduction of zero and low-emission technology through Enova.
- Green shipping is an important part of the process of shifting transport. The Government proposes to allocate NOK 7 million to the public-private cooperation Green Coastal Program, to develop green solutions for several types of vessels. It is proposed to allocate ten million kroner over the aid budget in 2019 to green shipping in developing countries.
- The climate and forest initiative is proposed strengthened by NOK 200 million up to NOK 3.2 billion. The extra money will be used to make data about deforestation in rainforest areas available to the public. This time-limited project will, among other things, make it easier to uncover forest crime.
- Norwegian municipalities contribute important climate solutions near people. The scheme for subsidies for municipal climate measures, Klimasats, is proposed to continue with a framework of NOK 156.8 million.