Norway may want to open its waters to deep-sea mining, Reuters reports, among others, citing the Scandinavian country’s government. The plan is supported by the threat of dependence on imports of critical minerals needed for the energy and transport transition. The proposal is expected to be debated by parliament in the fall.
Undersea mining is controversial because of its unclear impact on the environment. The French parliament already decided against this type of resource extraction in its waters earlier this year and is seeking a moratorium. Germany had decided in November to stop supporting deep-sea resource extraction projects in international waters for the time being.