The fact that the city receives such a prestigious award granted by the European Commission, is the result of years of hard work in developing green technology and innovation that are allowing the city to fulfil its sustainable targets and proof that it is possible to achieve a successful cooperation in the spheres of politics, business and citizenship.
Oslo managed to stand out from other cities such as Lisbon (Portugal), Lahti (Finland) and Tallinn (Estonia), thanks to its politics regarding climate, biodiversity, public transportation, health and citizen’s integration.
“The fact that the title is not designated but earned in contrast to the European Culture Capital makes it so much more rewarding”, said Marianne Alfsen, Media Officer in Oslo European Green Capital 2019.
Oslo: a greener cosmopolitan city
The Norwegian culture is aware of its patrimonial wealth and also of the need to preserve the natural spaces. This is the reason why its architecture is also adapted to the principle of efficiency and environment integration.
Oslo, as the capital of Norway, hosts many of the most prestigious cultural institutions of the country, has a carefully designed urban planning and promotes the creation of green spaces in the city centre. An example of it is the project Barcode, which includes the construction of 12 high buildings that were disposed so that there would be a space between them, in order to not to block the fjord view and to facilitate the access of light and air.
Efficiency, mobility and the electrification of the energy system
Oslo has successfully achieved to solve some of the common problems of many other European cities, such as pollution and traffic. In order to do that, they have elaborated plans that incentivise the use of bicycles, electric vehicles and have even further expanded their public transportation network.
The fact that vehicles are not allowed to be driven in the city centre beginning at the end of 2019 is one of the measures that has been implemented for the restoration of the city public spaces and the improvement of the living standards.
The Norwegian capital has shown us how a successful integration of electric vehicles can be achieved by providing recharge infrastructure all over the city, such as the one to be found under the medieval fortress Akershus Festning and also by incentivising its usage through a system of public aids based on the reduction of taxes or free parking.
In the energetic field and thanks to one of their main natural resources –water- they have achieved to make the generation of hydroelectric power the main supplier for the city’s renewable electricity.
A CO2-neutral city….
Oslo has seen how CO2-emissions have decreased by a 35% since 2012, thanks to a greater use of the electric vehicle.
We cannot forget that Norway has designed ambitious plans that help them reduce the volume of polluting emissions. In order to achieve that, they have set themselves the target to reduce their CO2- emissions by 50% in 2020 and reach the 100% CO2 neutrality by 2050.
…and just about to receive the Sustainable Destination label
Another proof of their commitment towards the environment is the fact that Oslo is on its way to receive the
certification of “Sustainable Destination”, a distinction from Innovation Norway that rewards the Norwegian destinations that meet strict sustainability criteria and that continuously work for the reduction of the environmental impact of the tourist activity. The cooperation of the local government and the tourism industry is essential, in order to guarantee that Oslo is an excellent place to live and visit.