Namely, as part of the licencing round, the Norwegian government offered 4 production licences to 7 oil & gas companies.
Out of those 4 licences, 1 is located in the Norwegian Sea while the other 3 are all in the Arctic Barents Sea off Norway.
Norway’s Equinor, Shell, Idemitsu Petroleum Norway, INEOS E&P Norway, Lundin, OMV Norway, and Vår Energi were offered these 4 licences.
As part of its protest, Greenpeace demanded that the next government advocates a complete halt to all oil exploration.
The activists carried banners that said «No to new oil» and «Norwegian oil is boiling the planet».
The activists claim that the government is ignoring the environmental and economic writing on the wall.
Frode Pleym, leader of Greenpeace Norway, said:
- We demand that a new government takes the climate crisis seriously and puts an end to all new oil exploration
- Norway must wake up and understand that Norwegian oil leads to irreparable damage to the climate
- If we are to limit climate change, Norway must also stop the search for more oil and gas
Greenpeace activists have also recently carried out a protest against oil before a football match between Germany and France in the European Championship (EURO 2020).
However, the protest did not go as planned and several people were injured.