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Norway plans to make all short-haul flights electric by 2040

Signal of change / Norway plans to make all short-haul flights electric by 2040

By Shola Powell / 04 Apr 2018

Plans made by Norway's public operator of air transport include making all short-haul flights (lasting up to 1.5 hours) in Norway entirely electric by 2040. Avinor, the state-owned company which operates most of Norway's civil airports, aims to be the "first in the world" to make the switch to electric air transport and announced in a 2017 report that they had established a development project for electric aircraft in cooperation with the Norwegian Sports Aviation Association and major airlines. Avinor intends to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by phasing in biofuels in the next few years, before phasing in electric planes. 

So what?

This announcement is another indication that Norway is a leader in electric power. In 2017, Energi Norge, an energy think tank, said that it was possible for the country to become the first to be powered by 100% clean electricity using hydro-power and collaborations between authorities and businesses. Politicians have also suggested that all cars in Norway could run on green energy by 2025. 


What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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