Norway, China well positioned for further cooperation in tackling climate change: Norwegian minister

08:53, January 09, 2010      

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Cooperation documents signed by the Norwegian and Chinese governments provide a good foundation on which the two countries can engage themselves in further cooperation in meeting the common challenge of climate change, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske said on Friday.

In a written interview with Xinhua before he embarks on a journey to China just in days, the Norwegian minister said that established frameworks between Norway and China make the two countries well positioned in further cooperation with a view to contributing to combating climate change.

The documents the Norwegian and Chinese governments inked for cooperation in dealing with global warming include the memorandum of understanding on environmental cooperation and the framework agreement for Cooperation and Dialogue on Climate Change, said the minister.

Echoing Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's views, Giske identified cooperation on environmental technologies, including carbons capture and storage (CCS) and renewable energy as priority areas of cooperation under the framework agreement on climate change.

Stoltenberg, when interviewed last month by Chinese reporters in Oslo, capital of Norway, said that many areas exist in which Norway and China can cooperate in the combat against climate change and China was doing an excellent work to promote green technology.

Norway is investing 5 billion Norwegian kroners (about 876 million U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate) in developing CCS technologies, which are viewed here as the key to reduce emissions from existing facilities.

Giske, when answering a question on European difference in approaches to climate change, said that the EU has had to "handle considerable differences in economic development and political culture within the union, but has successfully reached agreement, including ambitious emission reduction targets, on all important issues up for negotiation under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)."

European countries outside the EU such as Norway and Switzerland also hold positions along the same lines as the EU in these negotiations, the Norwegian minister said. He said that he would not agree to that the European countries differ that much in their approaches to climate change.

Source: Xinhua
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