The city of Oslo plans to have a fully-electric public transport network by 2023. The capital city has another ambitious short-term goal: becoming the world’s first emissions-free city by 2030.

In the ‘Climate strategy for Oslo towards 2030’ (Klimastrategi for Oslo mot 2030), walking, cycling, and public transport are indicated as Oslo’s future first choices for transportation. By 2030, car traffic has to be reduced by a third compared to 2015, with a twenty percent sub-target by 2023.

By 2030, all passenger cars on Oslo’s roads must be emission-free. Public transport must be emission-free in 2028, and all heavy vehicles in Oslo must be emission-free or use sustainable renewable fuels by 2030. Port operations and traffic on the fjord will have to be virtually emission-free.

This goal is based on needs beyond climate, such as better air quality, less congestion in the city center and residential areas, and better road traffic safety. Significant health benefits come with increased walking and cycling, and fulfilling these goals facilitates better public health and a more human-friendly urban development.

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The world’s biggest floating wind farm has officially launched today off the west coast of Norway.

Fossil fuel giant Equinor is behind the huge Hywind Tampern farm which, with 88 megawatts (MW) of capacity, will generate energy to supply nearby oil and gas platforms.

Its 88 megawatts of capacity will cover around 35% of annual power demand for five platforms at the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas fields in the North Sea, about 140 km (87 miles) off Norway’s west coast.

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Denmark is building two energy islands that could accelerate Europe’s green transition.

The islands – which will consist of one artificial island in the North Sea and one built on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea – will produce wind energy and, in the future, green hydrogen power.

The projects signal a new, integrated approach to generating renewable energy. Located 100 km from the Danish mainland, the artificial North Sea island has the potential to supply electricity to several countries alongside Denmark, including the Netherlands, the UK, and Belgium – a scale which hasn’t been previously possible. As well as contributing to the EU’s 2050 net zero target, the renewable energy source would lessen Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.

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Madrid is constructing a green wall around the city as a means of reducing pollution and combating climate change. It plans to plant almost 500,000 new trees that will span 75 kilometers of an urban forest. The forest will consist mostly of plants and trees native to Spain, ensuring simplistic maintenance.

The urban forest is a component of Madrid’s comprehensive anti-pollution plan, which also calls for the building of zero-emission bus routes and the gradual prohibition of polluting automobiles. There will be play spaces, cycling lanes, and walking paths in the forest. To encourage biodiversity, there will also be green space on the bridges above the motorways.

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As Mexico City wakes up on any given weekday, most of its citizens participate in a familiar, survival-of-the-fittest routine: commuting in the car-dependent megapolis. It is one of honking, tire-screeching, yelling chilango curses out of sedan windows and, more recently, glimpsing occasional plants among the sea of grey concrete.

The Via Verde project has focused on “turning Mexico City’s grey to green” through the construction of vertical gardens on columns along the Periférico highway, which rings the central city. The photogenic plants climbing up the freeway barriers have featured in countless videos in the local and international media, and often referenced as a sign of the polluted city’s changing priorities.

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Modhera in the state of Gujarat has become the first solar-powered village in India, setting a precedent for what UN Secretary-General António Guterres called a “reconciliation between humankind and planet,”.

The solar project has provided Modhera’s residents with a surplus of renewable energy at a cost of $9.7 million, UN News reported. The bill for the solar project was split between the Indian government and the Government of Gujarat.

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Chile’s energy sector relies in part on coal-fired power generation, but the country’s Long-Term Energy Policy now aims to generate 70% of all electricity through renewable sources such as wind and solar power by 2050

The effects of climate change are already being felt in Chile. Over the past ten years, the country has experienced a mega-drought, a record number of forest fires, melting glaciers and an increased incidence of extreme weather.

The country’s government has announced a very ambitious goal: Chile will be the first developing country to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

“The goal is for Chile to absorb as much CO2 as it produces, so that by 2050 the environmental impact will be zero,” explains María Teresa González, who is Statkraft’s country manager in Chile.

The government has announced, among other things, that all Chile’s 28 coal-fired power plants – which are mainly operated by companies from the United States, France and Italy – will close by 2040. The first phase involves closing eight thermoelectric plants.

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