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SFT: guardians & managers for a better environment

The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) is a government agency with 300 employees working for a future without pollution. It implements national environmental policy on pollution issues, and act as guides, guardians and managers for a better environment.

The SFT’s Main Tasks Are:
• Monitoring and providing information about environmental developments
• Exercising authority through regulations and control measures
• Instructing and guiding the county governors within SFT’s area of responsibility
• Providing the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment with advice, assessments and expert support and identifying the need for further environmental initiatives
• Participating in international environmental cooperation and development work

Working Internationally
SFT is actively engaged in international cooperation and has broad experience with environmental development programmes with partner countries. It participates in European organizations, the United Nations, OSPAR, OECD, the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. SFT is also involved in several bilateral cooperation projects.

Environmental Technology
SFT has always promoted the use of environmental technology by exploiting the potential of new technologies to promote regulatory improvements and tougher emission limits. Since 2005 it has also been working with environmental technology policy development at the national level. SFT is also represented in the EU high level working group on the Environmental Technology Action Plan.

SFT’s Fields of Expertise Include:
• Regulation of Industry, Including the Petroleum Sector – permitting systems, compliance monitoring systems, Pollution Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)
• Environmental Monitoring & Information – environmental monitoring, state of the environment reporting, presentation and dissemination of environmental information
• Climate Change – development of measures, strategies, policy instruments, etc., Cleaner Development Mechanisms (CDMs), emission trading schemes/quota systems
• Chemicals – chemicals management, chemicals in products, regulatory work
• Hazardous Waste: development and implementation of legal framework, regulatory work
• Waste – development and implementation of policies, strategies, national targets, integrated waste planning, electric and electronic waste (WEEE)
• Water & Sanitation – integrated water resource management, regulatory work
• Air Pollution – monitoring, reporting and communication of data, air quality management, abatement planning
• Transport – surveys, abatement measures

Norwegian Pollution Control Authority
PO Box 8100 Dep
NO-0032 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22 57 34 00
Fax: +47 22 67 67 06
E-mail: postmottak@sft.no
Website: www.sft.no

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