Monday, December 09, 2019

DT 3 / 2009

Norway challenges EU law on large hydro

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry does not view the EU law on hydropower project assessment, which is based on the recommendations of the World Commission on Dams (WCD), as binding. The EU Emissions Trading Unit says the law is binding and Norway’s interpretation is wrong.

Sweden scrutinises UN portfolio, low scores for 7 agencies

Swedish Development Minister Gunilla Carlsson has carried out an unprecedented assessment of 23 UN agencies that receive substantial support from Sweden. FAO gets the worst marks; six others are also identified as lacking effectiveness. See full results.

Biofuel and aid: Sharp fronts over land and food as plantations expand

Sweden and Norway are providing assistance to Tanzania to establish a policy framework for the burgeoning biofuel sector. The Prime Minister points to huge areas of unused land. But conflicts grow as plantations expand into farmland and conservation areas.

Danish firms want Denmark to put more money into NDF

Parliamentarians in the Nordic Council, a body facilitating Nordic political cooperation, have played a key role in saving NDF from being closed down. Danish firms want Denmark to re-capitalise the fund.