Cleaner transport = cleaner future

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Norway reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 1.7%, according to preliminary numbers published by Statistics Norway. Much of this comes from successful regulations of the transport sector, an important step in the battle against climate change.

Norway is being called the undisputed electric car leader of the world, and with good reason. To reach the goal of all new vehicles in 2025 being zero emission vehicles, the Norwegian government has made a policy of benefits for people choosing to buy electric cars. Policies such as subsidies on electric cars, exemption from toll fees, free charging stations, being allowed to drive in the bus lanes as well as other benefits, have all contributed to the soaring increase of electric cars on Norwegian roads.

But it’s not only the road traffic that is seeing a green revolution. The sea transport and shipping industry is following close behind. All electric ferries and passenger boats are already crossing Norwegian fjords, cruise ships entering Norwegian fjords from 2026 has to run on electricity and new autonomous and electric cargo ships are being developed, all with the aim to reach the Paris Climate Agreement.

While the total numbers from the rest of the world saw an increase in emissions by 1.4%, Norway is heading in the right direction. From 2016-2017 the Norwegian road traffic reduced its emissions by 9.6% while the rest of the transport sector reduced its emissions by 4.2%. This comes as a result of the progressive Norwegian policies made to reach the goals we have set to reduce global warming.

Even though the numbers are a positive reminder that Norway is going in the right direction, the Nordic country is aiming at an even greater reduction in emissions in the years to come.