Evergreener lands

27 February 2013

The Nordic countries are trying to eke out more fuel efficiencies, but it won’t be easy

THE Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are keen to be regarded as proving grounds for clean technology and the implementation of tough emission reductions policies - the region has ambitions to achieve a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050. Doing this is possible, but will be tough, the International Energy Agency (IEA) concluded in a recent report on the region. In terms of land transport, it will require a dramatic increase in the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids using clean power, a switch to public transport by bus and rail and the use of biofuels-powered vehicles for long-haul and freight transport. Vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells could also play a greater role...



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