Norway’s Capital To Ban Private Cars From City Center By 2019 – Huffington Post

Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Norway’s capital will ban cars from the city center within four years, part of a plan Oslo politicians announced Monday that calls for drastically reducing carbon emissions and cutting car traffic by a third in the next 15 years.

The plan includes steps to reduce emissions from other sources as well, and aims to cut all carbon emissions in half in five years, compared with 1990 levels, with a 95 percent reduction by 2030. It also commits to divesting Oslo’s $9 billion pension fund from fossil fuels.  

The declaration, spearheaded by the local Green Party, comes after the weekend’s city government elections yielded significant gains for progressives, particularly the Greens, who won 8 percent of the vote and are joining forces with the Labor Party and the Socialist Left.

“The move to a car-free city center has seen support from all sides of the political landscape, and has, among others, gained support from the youth division of our ruling Conservative party,” Oslo Green Party representative Eivind Trædal told The Huffington Post in an email. “Removing cars from the city center has been recommended both to make [the] area more accessible, and to reduce local pollution.” 

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