It created strong protests when the government announced that it would permit substantial increases in the discharges of nitrogen to the Oslofjord from a factory producing ammunition – Chemring Nobel. The factory had received governmental subsidies to increase its production meant for Ukraine. However, it did not have satisfactory cleaning equipment in place. 

The Oslofjord is in an ecological crisis, including severe eutrophication caused by nutrients like nitrogen. The national government has taken the unusual step to create a holistic action plan, trying to mobilize every sector and actor that can contribute to a solution.  A decision that aggravates a problem that everyone else try to solve, created lack of motivation and distrust. The political problem was aggravated by the lack of consultations and secrecy in the process. 

The news made the CrossGov project partners at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Froukje Maria Platjouw, Saskia Trubbach, Gunnar Sander, and Sindre Langaas. 

The main key takeaways:

The political dilemma of balancing security and environmental interests illustrates CrossGov’s focus on coherence. 

The government initially gave green light to the increased production, without attempting to find an acceptable compromise.  The NIVA team therefore suggested compensatory measures: 

Such initiatives would be key to avoid aggravating the environmental problem, and, not least, for restoring trust among stakeholders. However, the issue is not settled, even though pressure has been put on Chemring Nobel to find a solution for cleaning up their discharges.  

Read the article (in Norwegian): https://www.altinget.no/artikkel/niva-forskere-er-det-mulig-aa-reparere-skadene-paa-oslofjorden-og-paa-tilliten

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