The Podcast: How did Norway get so green?

The Podcast

The Podcast: How did Norway get so green?

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With more EVs per capita than any other country, Norway is the world’s sustainability superstar. Kristian Bye of development bank Innovation Norway explains his country’s secret and how Norway has become a “testination” for the latest sustainable innovations. Also: Climate change made Japan’s cherry blossoms bloom early, and host Jared Downing gives a crash course on “green hydrogen.” Listen below or on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts.

In this episode…

  • Jared’s usual climate news report is about an early cherry blossom bloom in Japan due to climate change, which could harm the local ecosystem.
  • Next, Jared interviews Kristian Bye, a North America director for Innovation Norway. Bye explains how Norway’s geography and resources teed it up to be a global leader in EVs and other sustainable innovations. Furthermore, Norway has become a sort of global testing site for new, green technology.
  • Finally, Jared gives a crash course on “green hydrogen,” i.e. hydrogen fuel manufactured using renewable power. Hydrogen fuel cells are a clean, economically viable way to power zero-emissions trucks, busses and other heavy machinery. Green hydrogen could play a huge role in our zero-emissions future, but the technology is still new and commonly used for greenwash.

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Jared Downing

Jared Downing is managing editor of Climate & Capital Media. Before Climate&Capital, he spent five years in Yangon, Myanmar, producing the human rights podcast Doh Athan and producing features, columns, and cartoons for Frontier Myanmar, that country's leading English language magazine. Prior to that, he was a freelance writer in Birmingham Alabama, focusing on city culture and social justice.