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Central workplace location reduce traffic

Central location of workplaces in Bjørvika in Oslo causes less traffic, GHG-emissions and pollution than if they were located as the current distribution of workplaces in Oslo.

The new town area Bjørvika in Oslo.

Rom Eiendom AS administrates large, central areas close to public transport nodes in several Norwegian cities. When developing a new strategy for redevelopment of such areas, Rom wanted a knowledge basis for assessing transport-related consequences, as well as a specific analysis of Rom’s development in Bjørvika, close to Oslo Central Station.

The literature shows that central nodal point developments generate far less car traffic compared to development in more peripheral areas in the urban structure.

In the concrete analysis we found that construction of office buildings for 12.500 jobs in Bjørvika will save Oslo 6.250 car trips and 110.000 vkm a day compared to locating these work spaces similar to the current distribution in Oslo. This saves 15 tonnes CO2 emissions, 23 kg NOx emissions and 8 kg NO2 emissions a day, as well as 25 MWh of energy for transport.

Environmental effects of central nodal point developments TØI Report 1285/2013 Authors: Aud Tennøy, Kjersti Visnes Øksenholt and Jørgen Aarhaug


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