Reykjavik announces plans to be carbon neutral by 2040


Iceland’s capital has laid out ambitious plans to become completely carbon neutral by the year 2040. By controlling urban sprawl, increasing public transportation, and shaping all forms of transit to run on green energy, the city will become a model for how governments around the world can create a more sustainable future.


“Cities play a key role in the fight against climate change. They can react quickly… and are more often than naught far more progressive than the world’s governments,” said Reykjavik Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson earlier this month. He claims his city is in a far better position to accomplish the points in his plan, seeing as their carbon emissions are already very low and their location is prime for green operation. Residents’ homes are already heated by geothermal energy and all of the city’s electricity is generated through hydroelectric power.

One strategy of the new plan, according to Business Insider, is to increase the number of locals using public transportation from 4 percent to 12 percent, coupled with the task of converting all buses and cars to green energy within the next few decades. The goal of “urban densification” will be obtained by requiring 90 percent of new residential units to be built within city limits, which will, in turn, promote the use of mass transit and reduce carbon emissions.

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