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Oslo

Oslo is a city that has made environmental sustainability one of its priorities. The Norwegian capital has an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. To achieve this goal, Oslo relies on various strategies, including the use of renewable energy, district heating, electric mobility and green building practices.

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Oslo is a city with numerous parks and green spaces, offering its citizens a rejuvenating and healthy environment. From majestic forests to fjord shores, Oslo is committed to preserving and promoting green areas as an integral part of urban life. These spaces not only provide recreational opportunities but also a natural environment that helps improve air quality and promote residents' well-being.

Oslo is the European city that produces the most renewable energy, thanks to its abundant hydroelectric resources. Over 90% of the city's electricity comes from hydroelectric power plants, while a smaller share is provided by wind and thermal plants. Oslo not only uses renewable electricity to power public transport and every other sector of the city's economy, but also uses renewable sources to provide heat for buildings. For district heating, Oslo relies mainly on waste-to-energy incinerators, which convert waste into thermal and electrical energy, and cogeneration plants powered by biomass.

Renewable energy

Community initiatives

In addition to large-scale efforts by urban developers and policymakers, Oslo is filled with small projects and businesses that are doing their part to make Oslo a greener city. Not far from Oslo Central Station is Losæter, a large community urban garden and the workplace of Oslo's first urban farmer. Further east, the so-called Landbrukskvartalet agricultural district is under development, full of interesting sustainable projects in the fields of food, environment, urban development, technology, culture, and music.

Oslo is a city with numerous parks and green spaces, offering its citizens a rejuvenating and healthy environment. From majestic forests to fjord shores, Oslo is committed to preserving and promoting green areas as an integral part of urban life. These spaces not only provide recreational opportunities but also a natural environment that helps improve air quality and promote residents' well-being.

Regenerative Parks and Green Spaces

Green building

Oslo also promotes green building practices aimed at reducing the environmental impact of buildings in the construction. These practices include passive design, which utilizes:- orientation and natural ventilation to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature; - the use of recycled or low-impact materials; - the installation of solar panels to generate energy; - the creation of green roofs or rooftop gardens to improve thermal insulation and promote biodiversity;- the collection and reuse of rainwater for irrigating green areas or for sanitary uses; - and waste management through recycling and composting.

Electric mobility

Oslo boasts the highest number of electric vehicles per capita in the world. Most new car sales in the city are electric or hybrid vehicles. This was made possible by incentives offered by the Norwegian government to electric vehicle buyers, including sales tax exemptions, free parking in the city and surrounding areas, and the construction of free or low-cost charging stations. Additionally, Norway plans to only allow the use of new zero-emission cars starting in 2025. Oslo's public transport is also largely electric or powered by renewables, which helps reduce emissions and air pollution . Oslo expects all public transport to be zero-emission by 2028.

Oslo is a source of inspiration for cities around the world to become more sustainable. His bold vision and concrete actions towards urban sustainability demonstrate that it is possible to create green cities without compromising the comfort and quality of life of residents.

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