The Icelandic government has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 120,000/EUR 97,000) in funding for the preparation of a climate policy and action plan for the ministry offices, Vísir reports. The intention is to ensure the government ministries serve as a good environmental example by reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their activities and make them carbon-neutral as soon as possible.
The funds will be used to hire specialists and consultants, as well as for direct action to reduce emissions from ministry activities. The project will be carried out by the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources.
The government considers it important that the ministries serve as a good example when it comes to climate change issues. Climate change policy as pertaining to government activities is one of the projects that will be undertaken as part of Iceland’s overall action plan for climate change, which should be completed this year. The action plan’s original deadline was last year, but completion was delayed by the unexpected dissolution of government and subsequent elections.
As part of the action plan, public institutions will be able to access advice on how to set up their own climate policy strategy and action plan.