Driving Green and Sustainable Science Technologies

As the world shifts toward becoming a greener and cleaner friend to the environment, Norway seems to be making strides towards reaching that stage in the next decade. With a new agreement on a climate tax on electricity and a $3 billion dollar investment in tripling the country’s wind power by 2020, there is now an increased effort to reduce the number of fossil fuel-based cars within the country.

A large portion of Norwegian funds depend on the petroleum industry, but Norwegian politicians, from both the left and right sides of the political spectrum, have made efforts to ban the sale of fossil-fueled cars by 2025. With less than a decade to achieve the initiative, there still seems to be some speculation on the validity of the initiative. The Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have both acknowledged the initiative, but the Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party, states that the initiative is still being looked at and that the original story about the plan was based on a misunderstanding. The previous initiative aimed to eliminate fossil-fueled cars by 2030, but this more aggressive timeline puts Norway at the forefront of ecological progress. Approximately 20% of the cars in Norway are already fully electric, so the push comes from an already existing trend towards more environment-friendly methods of transport.

With an arduous task ahead to power all of Norway’s cars with green energy, one thing we can guarantee will be the increase in research on green energy. And Web of Science is more than prepared for the rush of research to come flowing in. In a recent release, a new research area was added, Green & Sustainable Science & Technology, which is great timing as Norway is not the only country to be considering the fossil fuel-free route. India and the Netherlands are also considering a more environmental take on transportation.