Heavy vehicles and construction machines – An electric guide from Oslo

Electric trucks, buses and construction machines are starting to become a common sight in Oslo. Why? The City of Oslo’s ambitious climate targets and demands in procurements are a lot of the reason. On EVS35 you have a chance to learn more from Oslo and see an impressive exhibition of electric heavy vehicles and machines which operates daily in Oslo. 

Oslo is a leading city in the transition to zero emission heavy vehicles and construction machinery.  On Tuesday the 14th of June at 3:15pm-4:00pm, the Oslo Climate Agency invites you to a side event about the transition to electric heavy transport in Oslo. You will hear about how heavy-duty freight transport, bus operators, and construction industry have worked together with the City of Oslo to start a world leading electric revolution within their industries. Together, they are demonstrating that a fully electric operation is both possible and even economical. Join and learn from the experiences from ASKO (grocery wholesaler), Oslobuss AS (bus operator), Braathen Landskapsarkitekter (construction), Becker (construction), Tom Wilhelmsen (transport), Schenker (logistics) and Scania (OEM).

The City of Oslo has used public procurement as a strategic tool to drive climate solutions forward. Since 2019, Oslo has required fossil free heavy-duty freight and construction machinery in the city’s procurements. Oslo has also stated that from 2025, electric or biogas will be a standard requirement, and already today this is required if there are three or more that are able to deliver electric or biogas

We started out the transition to electric heavy vehicles and zero-emission construction sites with market dialogue, inviting businesses to work together with the city to achieve our ambitious targets. This has proven to be a very effective method. The market is aware of the city’s ambitions on climate solutions and the 2025-target on electric transport and construction sites, says Geir Rossebø, Sustainability Manager in the Agency for Improvement and Development, City of Oslo.

Requirements for emission-free construction and transport has been so effective that Oslo might reach the goal earlier than 2025. The Climate Agency’s Director, Heidi Sørensen, is pleased with the development.

An emission-free construction process and electric heavy transport means that we all get a better city to live in. In addition to reduced emission, the side effects are very positive. Less noise, better air, and a better working environment, says Sørensen.

The transition is not without difficulties. That is why the city of Oslo and the Climate Agency are working to develop tools that stimulate the transition from fossil to zero-emission heavy transport in Oslo.

-This work includes facilitating charging and filling infrastructure in the municipality by making space available. Our ambition is to make it as predictable and profitable as possible to operate in Oslo with heavy-duty on zero-emission and biogas. It is important to make it easy and profitable to use green alternatives, such as reduced costs in the toll ring, prioritization in certain zones, or priority parking, says Sørensen.

Oslo has reacted to the climate crisis and has one of the most ambitious climate targets of any capital city in the world. By 2030, the target is to reduce the direct emissions of greenhouse gasses in Oslo by 95 percent. As part of this work, the City of Oslo has paved way for electrical heavy vehicles and zero-emission construction sites.

The Climate Agency has developed a website with information about how to shift to zero-emission operations to all operators of heavy vehicles in the city: www.fossilfrilastebil.no

Do not miss! Oslo is hosting an exhibition of heavy vehicles and construction machines in Hall E. Come and have a look at different electric heavy vehicles, buses and machinery.

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