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Iran-Norway Cooperation on the Use of Clean Energy

  2021 March 02 Tuesday:

Cooperation between Iran and Norway in the use of clean energy, such as the construction of solar cells and electric vehicles, was the focus of the Tehran mayor's conversation with the Norwegian ambassador.

Pirouz Hanachi, the Mayor of Tehran in the continuation of his series of meetings with the mayors of the world's major cities and also with the ambassadors of foreign countries in Iran, met with the Norwegian ambassador in his office on Tuesday evening.

the Mayor of Tehran with the approach of urban diplomacy as one of the important solutions to the problems of Tehran metropolis met with the Norwegian ambassador and called for cooperation with this country to use clean energy such as building solar cells and electric cars.

Referring to the state of the public transportation system in Tehran, Hanachi said: "Tehran Municipality seeks to electrify the public transportation fleet including taxis, buses and motorcycles; "Also, the development of the inter-city rail service is a megaproject in Tehran of which 250 kilometers are currently under construction."

He continued: "One of the short-term challenges of Tehran metro fleet is wagon supply as Tehran metro holds a share of 2.2 million passenger’s transportation that can be increased by adding more wagons."

The mayor of Tehran also pointed to the corona situation in the country and said: "Iran has experienced three Corona waves so far and is currently witnessing the rise of the fourth wave in some parts of the country, but has overall been capable of controlling it."

"Norway and Iran have good relations in various fields and currently we are more interested in the cooperation between municipalities of two countries to control air and soil pollution as environmental challenges," said the Norwegian ambassador in the meeting at the mayor's office.

Sigvald Hauge added: "Tehran is one of the metropolises that we believe can take the lead in combating pollution and environmental challenges since the municipality of Tehran is concerned about the environment and is determined of solving the issue of Tehran's pollution."

"Norway has good experience in urban transport electrification and solar panel manufacturing that can be shared with Tehran," Hauge added.

In the end, the Norwegian ambassador referred to the car-free Tuesdays and said: "I have just started my mission in Tehran and once had the opportunity to accompany the mayor in the bicycle riding campaign. I had discussed with the Iranian authorities on pollution control and environmental challenges; hence I am hopeful to have fruitful talks with the Tehran municipality in this regard."

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