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State aid: Norway allowed to prolong the Bioenergy Scheme 



The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided that Norway may prolong its Bioenergy Scheme, with a budget for 2014 in the total amount of NOK 60 million.

The objective of the aid scheme is to promote and increase the production and use of renewable energy for heating and thereby to reduce the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The scheme aims at facilitating the development of environmentally friendly activities and is in line with the Authority's Guidelines for environmental protection.

The Norwegian Bioenergy Scheme was originally approved by the Authority in 2009. The Authority considers that the prolongation of the scheme and the increase of the budget for 2014 do not alter its previous assessment.

The Authority‘s Guidelines for environmental protection are due to expire on 31 December 2014, or will be replaced by a new set of Environmental Guidelines before that time. Accordingly, the Authority has only declared the prolongation and the budget increase to be compatible with the current Environmental Guidelines as long as they are in force.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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