Reykjavik unveils plan to limit urban sprawl to become carbon neutral by 2040

Like other Nordic cities, including Oslo and Helsinki, Reykjavik is working towards emissions targets that go beyond the national targets agreed by global leaders at the COP21 summit held in Paris last November. In 2009, Reykjavik became the first municipality in Iceland to make a policy on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Due to a ready local supply of geothermal energy, all homes in the city and neighbouring municipalities are heated with geothermal energy. All electricity is produced with hydroelectric power. The new plan includes several measures to achieve the target. For example, one goal is to ensure all vehicles in the City of Reykjavik are powered by green energy by 2040, including both public and private transportation. (Reuters)



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