3. AkershusHydrogen strategy for Akershus and Oslo

The City of Oslo and Akershus County Council have a common goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in the region to half of the 1990-level by 2030, despite expecting a strong population growth. The transport sector accounts for the highest share of these emissions, which means that the main efforts will have to be made here. Oslo and Akershus are working on establishing an infrastructure for biogas, electric vehicle charging and hydrogen. There is sufficient renewable electricity and biogas available in the region for hydrogen to be produced from 100% renewable energy sources. Reduction of local emissions is a high motivation factor because SMOG occurs frequently during winter time.

Goals

Oslo-Akershus aims to be among the leading regions in the world for early use of fossil-free hydrogen for transport solutions. The region will thereby contribute to the build-up of national and international hydrogen infrastructure, as an important step in the phasing out of fossil fuels. Our main responsibility is to enable access to hydrogen fuel, strengthen the value chains and stimulate to increase demand.

By 2025 the region should have a sufficiently established HRS network which forms a basis for a national and Nordic infrastructure for FCEVs. The number of FCEVs will have surpassed 10.000 and the number of hydrogen buses 100. Simultaneously the Oslo region should be internationally known for innovation and technology development related to fossil free transport.

Batter electric vehicles

Akershus County Council has since 2009 supported the development of infrastructure for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the County. The County has so far co-financed 162 normal-charging stations and 5 quick charging stations and is still having BEV infrastructure as a main support area. Norway has today the highest density of BEVs per inhabitant in the world whereas Oslo and Akershus have almost 40% of the total BEV fleet. The County Council’s steady and early commitment to support the introduction of BEVs in the transport sector has been one of the factors that has contributed to the region’s success in this field. In 2016 are there in total around 80 000 battery electric vehicles in Norway. More than 15 000 of them are registered in Akershus, in the region of Oslo and Akershus together is the number around 28 000 vehicles. In Norway, charging at home or work are very common. In addition are there in Akershus 205 charging stations (with a total of 1 167 charging points). 64 of these are fast charging stations (more than 43 kw) For the Oslo and Akershus region is the total 568 charging stations (3 400 charging points).

Akershus county

Akershus is Norway’s metropolitan county around the capital Oslo. Although small in size (4,918 square kilometres), Akershus is the largest county in Norway in terms of population (592.000 inhabitants per 01.01.2016, Oslo has a population of more than 650 000). The county comprises 22 municipalities, including 5 cities. The region is among other things location for headquarters for multinational companies, core R&D institutions, Universities and other higher education and the national airport.

Responsibilities

Akershus County Council has regional responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Transport
  • Regional planning and development
  • Industrial development
  • Dental care
  • Public health
  • Culture and voluntary organisations
  • Cultural heritage
  • International relations
  • International relations

Governing

The County Council is the supreme political body of the county, making decisions on important matters and matters of principle. The County Council of Akershus has 43 representatives.

Committees: The County Council has created four main committees. In certain matters, they have decision-making authority, in others they prepare matters for the County Council. The four committees are:

  • Committee for Transport
  • Committee for Culture and Sports
  • Committee for Education and Competence
  • Committee for Planning, Economic Development and Environment

The County Executive Board is mainly concerned with matters relating to finance and planning. In addition, it prepares matters for the County Council. The board consists of 13 members, all derived from the County Council.