There are calls for Australia to model its green cities policies on Oslo, named the Green Capital of Europe.
While Australian cities are grappling with pollution from rising emission levels, Oslo has been recognized by the European Commission for innovation in reducing carbon emissions.
The Norwegian capital plans to cut down Co2 emissions by 50% by 2020, and to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to visitoslo.com
The city has become the Electric Vehicle Capital of the World with 30% of all vehicles now sold in the city being electric.
Oslo’s approach to conserving its natural areas and restoring its waterway network also contributed to the Green Capital Award 2019.
Some environmental advocates are calling for radical changes in Australia to counter emissions such as declaring cities car-free zones
Former Leader of the Greens Party, Christine Milne, said Australian cities should to take a leaf out of Oslo’s book
“Norway has established a sovereign wealth fund to help transition to a net carbon zero economy, whereas Australian cities are sprawling at the expense of nature and green corridors,” Ms Milne said.
Victoria Marie Evensen, Leader of Oslo’s City Development Committee said: “Oslo is on track for a car-free future. Also, all public transport will be fossil-fuel-free by 2020.
However, the committee's target of car free zones has met resistance among Norway’s far-right political movements.
Former leader of Norway’s Frempskritspartiet Party, Carl I Hagen, is angered by the committee's decision to “squander” tax payers money on establishing the city’s climate budget.
“I believe (there) will be growing resentment among the Norwegian people against the Labor led movement that have turned this into a witch-hunt on car drivers,” Mr Hagen said.
However, Ms Evensen believes that the changes will be welcomed by the majority of Oslo’s citizens.
“Sixty per cent of the city's emissions comes from fossil-fueled vehicles. One third of the cities residents live in an area with unhealthy air quality,“ Ms Evensen said.
She said that seventy electric buses had been added to Oslo’s collective transport routes, and were currently operating in and around the city.
“The European Commission committee especially liked Oslo City Council's decision to include community feedback on how to improve Oslo’s environment, which was done by polls and speed-meeting with politicians,” Ms Evensen said.
According to, Reneweconomy.com.au, a quarterly report released by the Department of Environment and Energy, showed that the emissions levels in Australia rose by 0.8 percent from December 2017 to March 2018.
An increasing number of European countries are now taking actions in reducing emissions by banning fossil-fueled cars.
Meanwhile, a Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development policy stated: It will only consider other measures to encourage the uptake of low emission vehicles.