Sustainable city and port

Bathing is a focus of public activity in the buffer zone at Ormsundkaia. The Bekkelagsbadet park was created with input from the local community and attracts residents from all parts of the city. Photo: H. K Riise
In Fjordbyen the focus is on the interaction between the city and port.

Rationalizing port operations and effective use of space has created opportunities for urban development along the fjord.

Port of Oslo’s vision is to develop the world's most efficient and environmentally friendly urban port. We collaborate with a broad variety of stakeholders to build a sustainable port and help make Oslo an attractive city.

Help make Oslo an attractive city 

Trade and activity in Oslo’s oldest port, Bjørvika contributed to the city’s development and growth. Oslo has been a busy port since the sailing ship era.

Oslo’s harbor has historically owned and managed the city’s waterfront property. In the year 2000 City Council’s Fjordbyen, (Fjord City) initiative led to the sale and development of urban port areas, and the co-location of its cargo terminals to develop an efficient cargo port in Sydhavna.

FROM SUGAR SHACK TO FOOD HALL. The Vippa food hall on Vippetangen has revitalized the harbor promenade. The original building was used to store imported sugar. Photo: H.K.Riise


Fjordbyen and the harbor promenade

Port of Oslo collaborates with stakeholders to develop Oslo’s Fjordbyen and the nine-kilometer-long harbor promenade.

The promenade stretches from Grønlia in the south to Frognerkilen in the north. The popular seafront walkway winds past a variety of shops, restaurants, arts and cultural centers, bathing and recreation areas open year-round.

PORT PARTY. The city’s largest annual family event, Havnelangs, welcomes Oslo residents and visitors of all ages. Photo: Bo Mathisen


Port of Oslo, through its subsidiary HAV Eiendom, develops sustainable urban residential, commercial and recreational property in Filipstad, Vippetangen, Bjørvika, and Grønlia.

Buffer zones and public parks separate port operations from adjoining urban areas. These zones include Bekkelagsbadet in Ormsund, Trettenparken in Filipstad, Gastenparken in Akershusstranda, and the buffer zone at the far end of Sjursøya. A new buffer zone will be established on Grønlia across from Sørenga. The parks are popular with the public and generate activity in and around the harbor.

Oslo Treet i Trettenparken på Filipstad
TRETTENPARKEN. The illuminated, Oslo Tree is the main attraction at a new park in Filipstad that also hosts sporting and recreational activity. Photo: H.K. Riise


Zero emissions urban port

By 2030, Oslo will eliminate 95% of greenhouse gas emissions. Port of Oslo will reduce emissions by 85% in the same period, and become emissions-free over the long term. The port and city collaborate to implement emissions-free solutions that help reduce emissions from the transport sector. The municipal climate strategy and climate budget map the path toward an emissions-free city and port.

Yilport sin terminal i Oslo. Tre skip ligger inne i havn og fire kraner er i sving for å losse disse.
Foto: Espen Braata

GREEN PORT. The port plays a vital role in providing environmentally friendly and efficient logistics solutions. The seaway is the greenway to Oslo. Photo: Espen Braata


Port of Oslo’s most significant contribution to help the municipality achieve its climate goals is shifting transport of cargo from road to sea, reducing emissions from ships, and transport on land.

The plan for a zero-emissions port, established in 2018, is now being implemented. Collaboration between Port of Oslo, its customers, and Oslo’s business community is essential to making the harbor and city emissions-free.

Port of Oslo expects to achieve its emissions targets by 2030. The port has demonstrated its ability to restructure and adopt new, green solutions.

The port provides shore power for all international ferries, several domestic ferries, and is now exploring the use of shore power for cargo and cruise ships.

In 2020, Port of Oslo launched the world's first electric workboat of its kind. Pelikan 2 collects floating waste from Inner Oslo Fjord. The Port of Oslo also uses drones to search for waste.

Oslo Havns nye miljøbåt Pelikan 2.
The world's first electric environmental boat of its kind, Pelikan 2, cleans the harbor. Photo: H.K. Riise 


Port of Oslo works purposefully to limit noise from the port. Input from the local community and dialogue with stakeholders is important. Oslo is an arena for innovation, testing, and commercialization of new climate solutions and technology. New technology and the municipality’s shared procurement strategy contribute to the development and acquisition of new logistics solutions.

Sustainable urban port

Environmental goals: Sustainable urban port

Goal 12: Increase zero-emission construction sites by 2025

Goal 13: Sort 90% of waste in Port of Oslo by 2025

Goal 14: Measure noise pollution, raise awareness about noise, and manage feedback from stakeholders

Goal 15: Increase capacity to receive sewage from ships by 2030


Goal 12: Port of Oslo seeks zero-emissions construction sites, but to date has received only fossil-free proposals

Goal 13: 90% or more construction waste sorted, less than 50% of waste sorted from cruise ships

Goal 14: No expectation of eliminating noise-related complaints, but every complaint will receive a response

Goal 15: Between 2-3 thousand cubic meters of sewage handled, increased volumes anticipated as a result of stricter requirements

FNs bærekraftsmål som er relevante for Oslo Havns virksomhet

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