The NOx Agreement

The NOx Agreement 2018-2025 was signed on 24 May 2017 by fifteen business organisations and the Ministry of the Environment.

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The NOx Agreement is an extension of the the Environmental Agreement on NOx for the period 2008-2010 and 2011-2017. The Environmental Agreement - and the Participant Agreement - constitutes the framework for the efforts of the Business Sector's NOx Fund.

Through the NOx Agreement, the Business Organisations shall facilitate concrete reductions of the nitrogen oxide gases that are harmful to the environment. Undertakings that sign the NOx Agreement will be exempt from paying NOx tax in return for their commitment to the obligations laid down by the Business Sector’s NOx Fund, whose primary task is to provide funding for NOx-reducing measures.

The new NOx Agreement is signedThe NOx Agreement 2018-2025

The Gothenburg Protocol

The agreements are important contributions to meet Norway's commitments in the Gothenburg Protocol. In addition, the work ensures improved calculations on NOx emissions.

Emission obligation in the NOx Agreement

The Ministry of Climate and Environment has adjusted the emission obligation in the NOx Agreement 2018–2025 pursuant to article 2.3. The emission ceiling is:

  • Combined total for 2018 and 2019: 202,510 tonnes NOx
  • Combined total for 2020 and 2021: 192,510 tonnes NOx
  • Combined total for 2022 and 2023: 182,510 tonnes NOx
  • Combined total for 2024 and 2025: 172,510 tonnes NOx

The Environmental Agreement 2011-2017 

In total, the business organisations shall facilitate emission reductions stipulated in the Agreement 2011-2017 to 16,000 tonnes of NOx, as well as maintain the effect of the obtained emission reductions for the entire period. The Agreement has for this period both yearly and two-year goals to fulfil.

  Year Tonnes of NOx  
  2011 3 000 obligation met
  2012 2 000 obligation met
  2013 and 2014 4 000 obligation met
  2015 and 2016 4 000 obligation met
  2017 3 000  

The Environmental Agreement 2008-2010

The NOx Fund can document that the emission obligations in the Environmental Agreement 2008-2010 have been met with a total reduction of 18 000 tonnes NOx.

  Year Tonnes of NOx  
  2008                       2 000  obligation met
  2009   4 000  obligation met
  2010 12 000  obligation met*

*7 000 tonnes was implemented in 2011 for agreements made prior to 31.12.2010.

Approval by ESA

On 16 July 2008 the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) approved the Environmental Agreement on NOx 2008-2010. On 19 May 2011 ESA approved the Environmental Agreement 2011-2017 and on 22th of February 2018 ESA approved the NOx Agreement 2018-2025.