“For the first time in the world there is a requirement for emission-free sailing in the fjords and the ports,” says leader of the environmental foundation ZERO, Marius Holm. “Norway has long been a world leader of emission-free ferries, driven by good political decisions on zero-emission requirements. Now we take a new step within the maritime green shift that has global reverberations. Nationally, this will provide valuable development of emission-free solutions to many tourist ships, we cut out major greenhouse gas emissions, and we prevent harmful local air pollution.”

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Norway’s fjords receive thousands of visitors per year, as tourists flock to witness the landscapes for themselves. Geirangerfjord, another UNESCO-protected site, had over 300,000 cruise passengers last year. A 2006 study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Aeronautics found that on days when three to five cruise ships tour the area, nitrogen dioxide levels reached 180 micrograms/m3. That’s about the same as cities like London and Barcelona, and incredibly close to the 200-microgram legal limit outlined by the EU. Cruise visitors nationally rose from 200,000 in 2000 to nearly 700,000, and it’s estimated to reach two million by 2060.

Source: Mike Brown, Inverse.com
Illustration photo: electrive.com