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Reykjavik to be carbon neutral by 2040

30 September 2016

Procura+ Participant Reykjavík has put forward a climate policy paper and action plan that would see the city go carbon neutral by 2040. In Reykjavík all electricity is produced with hydroelectric power and houses are geothermally heated. Transport is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions and is the largest challenge for the city.

In the city’s Municipal Plan 2010-2030 the goal is to change travel modes so that the share of public transport will rise from 4 percent to 12 percent and the ratio of pedestrians and cyclists will rise from 19 percent to over 30 percent by 2030. Procurement will play a role, with plans for a process to be implemented that will support carbon-neutral purchasing.

“Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly and have many possibilities of enacting change,” said Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík. The Mayor added that the Icelandic capital is in a prime position to meet its highly ambitious target thanks to its abundant renewable energy sources.

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