Norway only liable for emissions produced within borders, court rules

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Environmental groups have failed in their bid to prevent Norway from issuing exploration licences in the Barents Sea. A court did not agree that the decision breaches the Norwegian constitution, insisting it only applies to emissions produced within the country’s borders.

In a blow to climate justice, an Oslo court has ruled that the legal right to a healthy environment, guaranteed by Article 122 of the Norwegian Constitution, does not cover oil and gas exports. It in effect means that only greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced within Norway’s territory can be scrutinised.

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