A Zero-Emission Zone in Oslo as Early as Next Year

The City Council is working to establish a zero-emission zone in Oslo as early as next year, where it will be forbidden to drive petrol and diesel cars.

The red-green city council envisages that it may become illegal to use fossil-fueled cars within the entire ring 2, where 155,000 people live or around twice as many who live in the city of Drammen, in 2026.

But the plans are far from finished, and the Urban Environment Agency will now continue the work of investigating the zero-emission zone after the first report was available in October. In addition, the state must give the green light.

– We aim for a step-by-step expansion. The professionals initially suggest starting with the area called Car-Free City Life within Ring 1, and then expanding the zone to include Ring 2. The goal is to study the alternatives so that this can be implemented during 2026 in Ring 2, and in Ring 1 within the end of next year, says Lan Marie Berg, city councilor for environment and transport, to VG.

In the area covered by Bilfritt Byliv, ie around the City Hall and Aker Brygge since this project does not include Greenland and Toyen, there are around 2700 people living.

Around 41,300 passenger cars have been registered within Ring 2. Of these, 18 per cent are electric, eight per cent hybrid cars and the rest petrol or diesel.

In 2019, 57 per cent of new car sales of passenger cars in Oslo were electric cars and a total of 17 per cent of the car fleet was fully electric.

The municipality does not currently have the authority to create a zero-emission zone, but the government has signaled that it will open up for some projects in Oslo and Bergen.

The Urban Environment Agency points out in the report that there is a need for a study related to enforcement. The city council has also set aside eight million kroner over two years to study zero-emission zones.

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