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Reykjavík Carbon Neutral by 2040

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Reykjavík Carbon Neutral by 2040

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Photo: City of Reykjavík.

Reykjavík City plans to be carbon neutral by 2040. The city has published a climate policy paper, listing ways to accomplish that goal.

All electricity in the city comes from hydroelectric power, and all houses are heated with geothermal energy. Transport is, therefore, the main source of green house gases. For that reason, the city published a plan in 2010 with the aim of increasing public transport from 4 to 12 percent by 2030, and the percentage of pedestrians and cyclists from 19 to 30 by 2030.

This time, the goal is even more ambitious, to be carbon neutral by 2040. The goal is to increase the use of bicycles and buses as primary modes of transportation and to ensure that residents have the option of getting to work on foot.

The increased number of electric cars will lead to more charging stations, preferably at home, such as in parking garages and elsewhere. The plan is part of the city’s urban densification, producing opportunities for a more efficient public transportation system, using either light rail or a bus rapid transit system.

You can read the whole plan here.

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