Collaborating to achieve goals

DIALOGUE AT ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE IN OSLO. Sveinung Oftedal, a negotiator for Norway in the International Maritime Organization and Torstein Hagen, Viking Cruises, Anders Valland, Sintef, and Atle Hamar, former State Secretary, Ministry of Climate and Environment at the GreenPort Cruise and Congress in 2019. Delegates from the cruise industry and ports discuss how their operations can become emission-free. Photo: Johnny Syversen
Collaboration is key to combating climate change, and successfully reducing emissions

We must collaborate with customers, local communities, suppliers, politicians, and authorities to reach the goal of a 40% increase in passenger traffic and a 50% increase in cargo traffic, and reduce emissions.

Port of Oslo will partner with stakeholders to find new, and innovative emissions-free solutions for road, rail, and maritime transport. This will lead to a reduction of emissions locally, regionally, and nationally. Dialogue fosters an environment to explore sustainable solutions with ripple effects far beyond the port's borders.

Collaborate for success

Managing and implementing change requires collaboration. Port of Oslo participates and collaborates with research and development initiatives, authorities, and other organizations, nationally and internationally.

The port’s zero-emissions plan is a result of close collaboration with the municipal Council for Business Development and Public Ownership and Council for Environment. Port of Oslo and the municipal Climate Agency provided input specific to their sectors. In November 2018, Oslo City Council adopted an action plan for a future zero-emissions port.

Port of Oslo established cooperation agreements with the environmental organizations, ZERO and Bellona in 2019 when Oslo was the European Green Capital. They were sparring partners to help the port become emissions-free, and contributed to the Green Port Cruise and Congress conference in Oslo.

In 2020, a concept plan for Oslo’s cargo port, Sydhavna was completed. The plan includes requirements for charging stations and shore power to support an emissions-free port. It also noted that cooperation with the energy company, Hafslund Rådgivning is important for the future development of the port’s power grid.

Building a zero-emissions port in Oslo will cost more than NOK 200 million, not including financial subsidies to support shore power. Shipping lines must rebuild their fleet, and port operators need to invest in zero-emissions vehicles at the terminal and for transport.

Regional ports collaborate

Port of Oslo collaborates with several other Norwegian ports.

Emissions-free Oslofjord will develop shared initiatives to promote increased use of emissions-free solutions and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport in and around Oslofjord. Seven Norwegian ports collaborate to identify emissions-free solutions.  

This project to support sustainability was launched in 2020 with help from the Norwegian Environment Agency.

International collaboration

Port of Oslo participates in many international organizations as a member, or through other means. See fact box.

Port of Oslo contributes to several projects under the auspices of the European Port Organization, (ESPO). The port's environmental manager, Heidi Neilson leads The Sustainable Development Committee that focuses on how ports can contribute to sustainable transport growth in and around the European Union’s largest cities.

Heidi Neilson, Oslo Havns miljøsjef, i Sydhavna.
LEADING EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL COLLABORATION. “Port cities must facilitate growth in shipping while reducing emissions. Ports play a vital role in helping growing cities to support sustainable transport.  In collaboration with ESPO, Norwegian ports can participate more actively to influence future port policy in the EU, says Heidi Neilson, environmental manager, Port of Oslo.



Facts: Collaboration to achieve goals

Port of Oslo collaborates to achieve climate and environmental goals:

Our goal is to increase collaboration between ports and port cities to benefit the environment and drive sustainable growth in the transport sector. Port of Oslo collaborates with local, regional, national, and international partners. We enter into agreements that support our ability to implement sustainable solutions.  

The Oslofjord collaboration

·        Seven ports in Oslofjord collaborate on shared solutions and environmental requirements

·        Ports at Moss, Borg, Oslo, Drammen, Grenland, Larvik, and Kristiansand are members of the initiative

·        The Norwegian Environment Agency supports the initiative (2020-2022)

·        The Norwegian Coastal Administration has mapped the infrastructure for alternative fuels and charging stations in Norway.

Norwegian Ports

·        will promote the importance of Norwegian ports

·        strengthen the competitiveness of ports

·        will help develop local business, create jobs, and growth along the coast

EcoPorts and ESPO

·        The European Sea Port Organization, (ESPO) ranks the top 10 environmental priorities of European ports annually.

·        ESPO coordinates EcoPorts to support the environment through co-operation and sharing of knowledge between ports

·        ESPO’s Green Guide promotes excellence in port environmental management and sustainability

·        ESPO’s annual conference was to be held in Oslo 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19

International collaboration

·        The International Association of Ports and Harbors, (IAPH) is a global port organization

·        AIVP is a global organization that helps improve the relationship between cities and ports

·        C40 Cities is a global network committed to addressing climate change. Port of Oslo participates in the port forum

·        The Northern Light project, to which Gothenburg, Helsinki, and Port of Oslo apply for Green Deal support from the EU


·        ElMar is responsible for the electrification of maritime transport and ports of the future

·        SINTEF leads a research project in collaboration with ports, power grid companies, energy companies, and shipping lines.

·        The goal is to reduce emissions by promoting the use of shore power and charging stations.

Green Shipping Program (GSP)

·        Port of Oslo and the municipal Climate Agency participate in the Green Shipping Program (GSP).

·        GSP is a public-private partnership to advance the Norwegian government's maritime strategies and plans. 

·        Its vision is to develop and strengthen Norway's goal to establish the world's most efficient and environmentally friendly shipping.

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