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Norway Says All Cars in the Country Will Be 100% Electric

Norway Says All Cars in the Country Will Be 100% Electric | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Norway has been incentivizing the use of zero emission vehicles since the 1990s. Towards the end of 2016, the country already had 100,000 zero-emission cars on the road. 

By 2025, all of the cars on Norway’s roads could be electric. That’s just eight years away—and if the target seems a little ambitious, it should be noted that the country is already well on its way toward this goal. Electric vehicle (EV) sales already comprise 37 percent of Norway’s car market.

Norway has been incentivizing the use of zero emission vehicles since the 1990s. These include exempting EVs from value added taxes (VAT), thus making conventional automobiles significantly more expensive in the country, low annual road tax, and no purchase and import taxes. EVs also park for free in city centers, get access to bus lanes, and don’t have to pay road tolls. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Other countries and 10 US states have similar commitments.

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10 states in the US have made similar commitments.

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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy | McKinsey & Company | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
Twelve emerging technologies—including the mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, and advanced genomics—have the potential to truly reshape the world in which we live and work.
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Great report from McKinsey, 'Need to Know'!

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US predicts Paris climate talks will benefit from lessons of past mistakes

US predicts Paris climate talks will benefit from lessons of past mistakes | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

White House officials say Obama is determined to take lead on climate change during talks set to begin on Monday with bilateral meeting with China.

Lessons from past failures will help push nations towards a robust climate change agreement that will push down greenhouse gas emissions, the White House has predicted.

The US has promised to take a leadership role during next week’s talks in Paris, with Barack Obama arriving on Sunday night for a number of high-level meetings designed to spur early momentum.

The UN talks start on Monday and will run until 11 December, with 138 heads of state expected to attend.

Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping on Monday morning that will send a “strong message to the world of their shared commitment to combat climate change and see a strong agreement reached”, according to Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications at the White House.

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A positive view on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, November 25, 2015 10:37 AM

“The stars are more aligned to reach agreement than I have ever seen before,” said Todd Stern, the US chief negotiator. “There is no comparison between Paris and Copenhagen in 2009. We have this opportunity, this moment. Countries are going to have to be willing to depart from some of their fixed positions to seek common good. We can get this done. We will get this done.”