Norway has set Europe an eco example

Oslos new opera house combines aesthetics with low-energy performance. Photograph: Jaro Hollan Statsbygg

Oslo's new opera house combines aesthetics with low-energy performance. Photograph: Jaro Hollan Statsbygg

The rest of Europe should take note of Norway’s ecological mindset and investment in environmentally friendly technologies

In December 2009, Oslo received the distinction of the third greenest city in Europe (after Copenhagen and Stockholm). Always aware of the wealth of their fisheries, water and fossil fuels, the Norwegians were among the first Europeans to feel concerned by the protection of the environment. Beyond the postcards of mountains plunging into the sea, fjords and spectacular northern lights stands a modern country that strives to protect its natural heritage.

To achieve its goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030, Norway bets on sustainable development and environmental laws (the last one being that buildings over 500m2 must cover 60% of their using renewable sources). Revenues generated by the carbon tax ($50 per ton) can finance some innovative technologies such as carbon dioxide capture and storage, and promote renewable energy such as osmotic energy.

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Source: The Guardian

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