Norway might be one of the world’s biggest producers of oil and gas, but its capital city is in the midst of an extraordinary green revolution. Named the European Green Capital of 2019, Oslo has embraced the spotlight that comes with this title and is taking its responsibility as ambassador for sustainable and urban development very seriously. In the words of Raymond Johansen, governing Mayor of Oslo:
In 2019, we want to invite the world to Oslo — to share and to learn together. We aim to use our European Green Capital year to spread knowledge, inspire and mobilize our citizens and businesses to make more environmentally friendly choices.
USGRDCO was more than happy to take the Mayor up on his invitation, participating last month in the Smart Urban Mobility and Transportation conference hosted by Vice Mayor of Environment and Transport Lan Marie Berg. The event, which took place only three days before the Nordic EV-Summit, was dedicated to introducing the innovative solutions adopted by Oslo its decarbonization program. The agenda was packed with engaging presentations on the latest tech innovation, off site excursions and in-depth workshops run by senior representatives from Oslo’s government.
Morielle I. Lotan, our director of innovation, traveled to Oslo to learn about the historical evolution of Norwegian electric transportation, how they successfully introduced a profitable model for EV charging and how the cooperation between public and private sectors facilitated the city’s transformation. Below are her three top takeaways from the conference: