Norway vows to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2030
Machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a power plant emitting steam near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany, April 3, 2014. (AP / Martin Meissner)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:31AM EST
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Norway says it will cut its emissions of global warming gases by 40 per cent by 2030, aligning itself with the target set by the European Union.
The Norwegian government said Wednesday it will present its target to the U.N. as its pledge for an international climate agreement that's supposed to be adopted in Paris in December.
Norway, which is not an EU member, says it will achieve its target without offsets like investing in clean energy in developing countries. The Scandinavian country has previously relied on offsets to meet its climate targets.
The EU, China and the United States have already presented their pledges for the new agreement, though they haven't formally submitted them to the U.N.
Submissions are due by March, though many countries say they need more time.