On Thursday, February 22nd, ESA approved the new NOx agreement between the Norwegian authorities and 15 corporate organizations for the period 2018-2025, which allows affiliated companies to exempt from NOx tax under certain conditions.
Norwegian government introduced the NOx tax in 2007 to reduce national emissions in line with the country´s international commitments. The environmental agreement allows undertakings to obtain a full exemption from NOx taxes, provided they commit to collectively reduce the total NOx emissions substantially.
Norwegian government notified the scheme to ESA in December 2017 for the period 2018-2025. ESA has approved similar exemption schemes twice before, for the periods 2008-2010 and 2011-2017 and concludes again that the scheme fulfils the EEA state aid requirements.