The Norwegian environmental protection agency (Førsværngsvetens på svenska, Førsvinssvetens førskningen) has a lot to answer for.
In 2014, the country ranked 29th out of 35 in the World Conservation Union’s World Heritage list, just behind Zimbabwe.
The ranking was prompted by its high carbon dioxide emissions.
Its environmental policies also fall far short of international standards.
The country is not among the top 10 countries in the world in terms of emissions of CO2, with emissions of 1.4 billion tonnes in 2013.
It ranks below Iceland, the world’s second-largest CO2 emitter, with 1.9 billion tonnes.
Norway’s climate-related policies, like its ban on mining, have been criticised by environmental groups, as have its lack of environmental monitoring.
The Norwegian government has set a target to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030, and is investing £2bn a year in the country’s green economy.
However, its environmental policies are also criticised for their heavy reliance on coal, and it has one of the highest CO2 emissions in the OECD.
In the last five years, Norway’s coal consumption has increased by an average of 14% a year.
The country has a very low coal-fired power station output of 1,300 megawatts (MW) and a total power generation capacity of 1 GW, which accounts for approximately 8% of the countrys total energy needs.
Norwegian coal production is also relatively low.
Norway has just 1.7 GW of coal-burning power plants, the lowest in the European Union.
According to the World Energy Outlook 2013-2022, the US is estimated to have more than 1,400 GW of solar power capacity, while the UK has 1,828 GW.
Norwegians also rely heavily on oil for its energy supply.
Norwegian oil production is estimated at around 15 million barrels a day, or around 3% of total production.
Oil consumption is expected to reach 8.3 million barrels per day by 2030 and 11.6 million barrels in 2032.
But while Norwegian oil consumption is falling, its share of the total world’s energy consumption has been increasing.
In 2012, Norwegian oil accounted for more than 75% of global total energy consumption.
According the International Energy Agency (IEA), in 2030, Norway will overtake Saudi Arabia as the largest oil importer.