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Hordaland County in Norway has about 500 000 inhabitants and the administration of the county is located in Bergen. The county comprises 33 municipalities where Bergen is the largest with almost 270 000 inhabitants. Hordaland County Council is responsible for policies within several fields such as secondary education, transport, culture, economics and regional development. Actions for the mitigation of greenhouse gases and climate adaptation are coordinated by the Department for Regional Development.

Except for the residents in Bergen, people in Hordaland live mainly in villages and rural areas. The county is 15, 500 km² and is a region of islands, fjords and valleys. In this landscape, the facilitation of infrastructure and travelling can be a challenge. Transport and development of the road system is an important task. Public transport is run by “Skyss”, which is a unit in Hordaland County. There are about 750 buses, 17 light rail cars, 10 boats for passengers and 20 ferries in the County. About 90 % of all public transport is in the Bergen area.

One of the main tasks for the county’s transport planning is to reduce emissions from transport. This task is the subject in several ongoing projects:

  • Spontaneous ride-sharing – a project for better use of spare capacity in private cars
  • Establishing quick-charging stations for electric cars
  • Feasibility-study for expansions of trolley-bus lines
  • Feasibility-study for an electric ferry
  • Stimulation of the use of biogas as fuel for city buses