“For the first time in the world there is a requirement for emission-free sailing in the fjords and the ports,” says leader of the environmental foundation ZERO, Marius Holm. “Norway has long been a world leader of emission-free ferries, driven by good political decisions on zero-emission requirements. Now we take a new step within the maritime green shift that has global reverberations. Nationally, this will provide valuable development of emission-free solutions to many tourist ships, we cut out major greenhouse gas emissions, and we prevent harmful local air pollution.”

Norway’s fjords receive thousands of visitors per year, as tourists flock to witness the landscapes for themselves. Geirangerfjord, another UNESCO-protected site, had over 300,000 cruise passengers last year. A 2006 study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Aeronautics found that on days when three to five cruise ships tour the area, nitrogen dioxide levels reached 180 micrograms/m3. That’s about the same as cities like London and Barcelona, and incredibly close to the 200-microgram legal limit outlined by the EU. Cruise visitors nationally rose from 200,000 in 2000 to nearly 700,000, and it’s estimated to reach two million by 2060.

Source: Mike Brown, Inverse.com
Illustration photo: electrive.com