Norway brings forward carbon neutrality goal to 2030

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Posted: Jun 07, 2016 9:28 AM

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's parliament has agreed on a goal to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving the deadline forward by 20 years, an official at the national assembly said on Tuesday.

To reach the goal, oil and gas producing Norway must pay for emission cuts abroad that correspond to its own emissions.

In 2008, Norway set a similar target of so-called carbon neutrality by 2030, but later pushed the goal back to 2050 when international negotiations failed to reach a global deal to fight climate change.

Members of parliament's energy and environment committee unanimously agreed on Tuesday to move the target to 2030 in response to the Paris climate accord forged late last year, the committee advisor said.

(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis; editing by Adrian Croft)