Air travel emissions in Norway are twice the global average

Norwegian air travel emissions are twice the world average

Data provided by the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that Norway's aviation emissions are twice as high as those of countries such as France, Sweden and Germany.

But is air travel really that bad?

In 2018, United Nations experts stated that the entire transport industry accounts for a total of 15 percent of all greenhouse gases generated by human activities. At the same time, the aviation segment accounts for 2.4 percent of these emissions.

One of the main reasons for the unexpectedly high levels of emissions in Norway — features of the country's geography that make it difficult to travel around Norway by land because of the fjords and mountains.

According to the researchers, Norway's problem lies not in flights over short distances, but in routes between major cities. The most notable outliers are found on routes such as Oslo — Bergen and Oslo — Trondheim. They account for almost 20 percent of all aviation emissions.

Experts are ready to argue with this statement: takeoffs and landings are more frequent on short routes. These phases of the flight require more fuel, which means that the negative effect increases.

On average, each Norwegian emits about 580 kg of CO2 on domestic and international flights. This represents 7.3% CO2 in Norway, more than double the global average of 2.8%.

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