Environmental groups Greenpeace Nordic and Nature and Youth have filed an action to Norway’s Supreme Court to challenge the judgement passed by a lower court in a case against the national government for approving new Arctic oil drilling.
Last month, Oslo District Court dismissed the case made by environmental groups that the government should be held responsible for emissions from oil and gas exported to other countries.
The argument put forward by the environmental groups is based on the claim that Norway’s decision to allow oil exploration in new areas within the Arctic Circle in the Barents Sea through the 23rd licensing round breaches the constitutional right of a citizen to enjoy a healthy environment.
Greenpeace Norway head Truls Gulowsen said: “There is already enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to seriously damage our future.
“By opening up these pristine areas for oil exploration, Norway is effectively smuggling its emissions outside of its own borders and furthering climate change, which harms everyone everywhere.”
Under the 23rd licensing round, the Norwegian Government opened up a new area in the Barents Sea for oil exploration, awarding a total of ten licences to 13 oil companies.
In its judgement, the Oslo District Court acknowledged the constitutional right given to citizens and future generations to live in a healthy environment.
However, the district court did not revoke the Arctic oil licences awarded by the government as a violation of these rights.