Tax on (local) biofuels in Norway

Government decision to introduce fees/taxes to local biofuel such as rape seed based biodiesel similiar than to fossil fuels resulted in the end of the first commercial Norwegian biodiesel plant in Frederikstad

Ongoing conflict? no
Conflict type Bioenergy governance conflicts
Resources biofuel, agricultural residues, agricultural products
Issues 1 economical, 2 social
Keywords Biodiesel, energy tax, Norway
Start date 2010
End date 2011
Reason(s) for conflict
Intensity public debate
What are the stakeholders' conflicting values or interests Norwegian Government aims to gain venue from biodiesel production. According to people involved with Habiol, introducing the fee is protecting the governments income through fossil fuels and backs up its approach to promote electricity in transport (based on government owned hydro capacity).
Barriers for dialogue Law decided without possibilities to change for biodiesel producers.
Forums for dialogue
Suggestions for conflict resolution / transformation change/abolishment of fee; higher taxation of fossil fuels.
Comments Particular conflict ended with closure of plant. 2011 plant was taken over by international consortium (Einer Energy) producing biodiesel/fuel for EU and external market based on largely imported energy crops.