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This is how the family reduced electricity consumption by 67 percent
In December, Eivind Jonassen’s gang of friends began to compete over who could reduce electricity consumption the most. The frugal family father living in Fjellhamar outside Oslo says that he turned off pretty much everything on the most expensive electricity days before Christmas.
The wood burning was connected to waterborne heat and Jonassen stopped using the home office in the basement. In this way, he managed to reduce electricity consumption by as much as 67 percent compared to the same month in 2020.
After many months of sky-high electricity prices, the Storting has decided that the state will take a large part of the electricity bill this winter. Nevertheless, very few private customers have asked for help with the electricity bill from the country’s largest suppliers.
This can be expensive: The expensive power has whipped up the mood in the thousands of homes and among politicians. The debate rages on whether the price crisis is temporary or may have long-term consequences. This week, the industry has asked for electricity support and increased power production. A recent report from NVE also shows that so-called hybrid cables from offshore wind in the North Sea can lead to higher electricity prices in the long term.
2. Equinor launches offshore wind adventures in the United States
Equinor has secured one of the largest US renewable energy agreements ever. In a year and a half, the oil giant will start the development of a port base for offshore wind in Brooklyn, New York. It will be Equinor’s new plant for collecting and assembling wind turbines.
According to the plan, between 60 and 80 wind turbines will be developed in an area just south of Long Island. Equinor put 48 million dollars, close to 430 million Norwegian kroner, on the table to secure the agreement.
This week, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) was in New York and visited Equinor’s planned production facility in Brooklyn. He believes the project can give Equinor more opportunities in the US and other countries.
The wind turbines will be able to supply two million households in the world metropolis with electricity, and contribute to New York’s goal of 100 percent emission-free electricity supply by 2040.
Men: The extensive wind developments outside New York are not only met with enthusiasm. Local fishermen fear that the development will affect fishing areas and promise a fight against the development. Here in Iceland, too, the development of offshore wind has received strong criticism from the fishing industry.
Warns against “green marking” of gas
The European Commission’s own expert panel is critical of the fact that the EU will put a green stamp on gas and nuclear power during a transitional period. The reason is that strict enough emission requirements are not set in production.
The EU Commission’s proposal to define gas and nuclear power as green energy is part of the EU’s so-called taxonomy. It is a scheme that will define what is needed for an investment to be considered climate-friendly and green.
Norway is the second largest exporter of natural gas to the EU, after Russia. 40 percent of Norway’s gas exports come from the gas plant at Kollsnes in Øygarden.
Green washing: Although Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will use Norwegian gas in a transitional phase to green energy, the environmental organizations WWF and Greenpeace warn that it can contribute to greenwashing and destroy climate goals.
4. Leather shoes can be rainforest warts
Your leather shoes can be a climate worst – without you knowing it, writes Aftenposten. For it is not unlikely that the skin comes from a Brazilian cow or bull, which has grown up in a place where there was previously rainforest.
Cattle production is the major driver of deforestation in Brazil. As much as 70 percent is due to the producers’ need for new areas for more and more cows. The EU wants a quick end to this, and is preparing a ban on the import of goods that can be linked to deforestation.
As much as 80 percent of all leather from Brazil is sent out of the country. A great deal of it ends up in Europe and is further processed. This means that shoes marked “Made in Italy” can be linked to deforestation. Brazilian leather is also imported to Norway and used in the Norwegian furniture industry, including by Ekornes.
That is why it is important: Deforestation of rainforests is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions globally. During the climate summit in Glasgow committed more than 100 countries stand to stop deforestation by 2030.
That is why we are writing about the green shift
For Norway to achieve the goal of becoming a low-emission society, where economic growth and development must take place within nature’s tolerable limits, society as a whole must undergo an enormous transformation. The business community is an important driving force in this development, which after all sun marks will accelerate in the future.
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