Norwegian fur farmers hold sales as prices drop

Fur prices tumbled by a quarter at an auction held in Copenhagen this week, leading Norwegian mink farmers to hold onto this year's pelts in the hope of a rebound.

Norwegian fur farmers hold sales as prices drop
Stacks of Norwegian mink at the Copenhagen Fur Centre in 2009 - Keld Navntoft / Scanpix
Only one in five of the 1.6 million skins put up for auction at the Copenhagen Fur Centre in Glostrup were sold, after prices fell from 600 kroner ($97) a pelt to just 450 kroner. 
"Obviously it is dramatic when prices are reduced by a quarter,"  Steinar Nordang, an animal breeder in Ørsta told NRK. "Many skins were withdrawn from the auction because the prices were too low. We'll see if this is temporary or if the market has turned." 
The fur industry has come under pressure this year, with the outgoing Labour-led administration tasking an ethical committee to look at whether the country should ban fur farming following revelations of poor treatment of animals.
The last time prices were so low was in the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009. 
The Copenhagen Fur Center controls 50 percent of the world's fur market, selling around 15 million skins annually to between 400 and 500 buyers. 

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Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

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Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.