Slovakia visit to study Norwegian successes with electric transportation

Visit of delegation from the Slovakian Ministry of Economy to study Norwegian successes with expansion of electric transportation. The Ministry of Economy is responsible for electromobility in Slovakia and wanted see how the Norwegian experience can be relevant for Slovakia's policies to promote electric transportation.

Slovakia wishes to develop their electromobility policies as part of their policies on transition to a green economy, which was a central theme under Slovakia's EU Chairmanship in fall 2016. Representatives of the Ministry of Economy in the Slovak Republic visited the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment 14th of August in Oslo. The Slovak delegation shared information and national experiences from electromobility in Slovakia. Experts from the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and Oslo municipality presented national and local policies and measures designed to promote electric vehicles at the national and local level.

An important part of the Norwegian strategy for fulfilling the Paris agreement is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. Norway has introduced several measures in order to provide incentives for the switch to zero and low emission transport, and many of these measures were introduced already in the 1990s. The government policies and technological development has contributed to the average registered CO2 emissions from new cars sold in Norway being around 86 grams CO2 per kilometer and the market share of battery electric cars almost reaching 20 per cent of new car sales. For comparison, the average registered CO2 emission from new cars sold in 2012 was almost 130 grams CO2 per kilometer and 2,9 per cent of new cars sold were battery electric.

The Slovakian study tour to Norway was financed under the bilateral funds of the EEA Grants and the delegation visited also Innovation Norway and the Institute of Transport Economics (TØI).