Norway is one of the countries that invests most in sustainability. With a record number of electric cars circulating throughout the country, it is on its path to becoming a carbon-neutral nation by 2050. Norway’s capital Oslo was crowned the European Green Capital 2019, keeping its city center almost entirely car-free, with vastly expanded pedestrian and biking lanes. Furthermore, 56 percent of all public transportation is powered by renewable energy, including biogas produced from biowaste and city sewage.
Norway has ambitious plans towards sustainable tourism on its agenda as well. A new sustainable ring-shaped hotel will welcome its guests in 2021 – the Svart Hotel above the Arctic Circle. It will be world’s first energy-positive hotel – meaning it will produce more energy than it consumes, the hotel plans to use renewable energy with the aim of making as little environmental footprint on the beautiful northern nature as possible.
There has been a strong focus on greener hospitality services all over. Many hotels feature organic and locallly grown products on their menus. For example, Scandic hotels have decided to say no to genetically modified foods and serve organic breakfast and fair-trade coffee.