The Norwegian municipality of Arendal has pledged to become 100% climate neutral.
It is the world’s first municipality to join the UN’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, which means it will measure and reduce emissions “to the greatest extent possible” and offset emissions that can be avoided.
According to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Ardenal municipality’s own operations have been climate neutral since 2008.
Mayor Robert Cornels Nordli said: “We consider it a natural next step to work towards climate neutrality for the community as a whole. Some of our services are focused on climate, energy and environment.
“In addition, Arendal is founded on the industries of shipping, forestry and mining and tourism. Therefore, an additional contribution we want to make is to inspire other sectors.”
The municipality aims to work on cutting fossil fuel use in transportation, along with increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles as well as buying renewable power and increasing energy efficiency.