The Independent yesterday reported that Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars within the next ten years.

By 2025, it is targeted that all Norwegian cars will be running on green energy.

However, although Norewegian newspaper published the headline “FRP will remove all gasoline cars” – FRP referring to Framstegspartiet or Progress Party – there was some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed.

The passing of this law would have a significant impact on the country, as a bulk of Norway’s funds come from its petroleum industry.

Yet while the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv‘s report, the FRP have said the move is still being looked at, according to Aftenposten.

The Labour Party had previously proposed no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold by 2030, not as ambitious as this new proposal.

The four parties, who rule together through a system of proportional representation, have also agreed a new climate tax on electricity.

About 24 per cent of the country’s cars already run on electricity, and it is a heavy producer of renewable energy with more than 99 per cent of electricity covered by hydropower.

Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new $3 billion (RM12.25 billion) investment in the sector approved in 2013.

We believe all countries should take an example from Norway, which is also on the way to becoming the first country with zero deforestation, and be more committed to saving the environment through such laws.

Unfortunately for Malaysia, that could only happen if infrastructure for electric vehicle charging is more widespread, electric cars are more affordable and become more mainstream.

Although we are no longer heavily reliant on income from petroleum, it is still a big part of our gross domestic product (GDP), so it is not very likely the government would want to go fully electric anytime soon.

Will that happen for us in the far future? Only time will tell.

 



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