The drive for a zero-emission future in Norway's heavy-duty transport sector was a topic at this year's Arendalsuka. The event, titled "SLIK KNEKKER NORGE KODEN FOR NULLUTSLIPP I TRANSPORT" (How Norway Deciphers the Zero-Emission Code in Transport), underscored the complexities of transitioning heavy-duty vehicles to zero emissions through presentations and a panel debate.

Both battery and hydrogen technologies were discussed as potential paths forward for the transport sector. The need for better infrastructure and continued research in this field was emphasized. Central to this event, alongside government representatives, Statens Vegvesen, Glitre Nett, and ASKO, were

  • Tine Uberg Nærland, Research Director at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) guided the discussions.
  • Kari Aamodt Espegren, from IFE, provided insight into the current status of emissions in the transport sector and showcased the technologies that need to come into play to achieve zero emissions.
  • Ulf Eriksen, from Statkraft, drew attention to the energy mix, both electric and biofuel, that will power Norway’s zero-emission transition.
  • Bjørne Grimsrud,  from the Transport Economics Institute, offered his perspective during the panel debate, addressing economic implications and strategic alignments.

The event was concluded with an insightful summary by Øystein Ulleberg, Chief Scientist at IFE and MoZEES Center Director. He synthesized the discussions, providing a clear trajectory for Norway’s sustainable transportation ambitions.