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Paris Goal Takes Hard Work to Reach

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Paris Goal Takes Hard Work to Reach

Björt Ólafsdóttir

Minister for the Environment Björt Ólafsdóttir. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Iceland will not be able to reach the climate goal set by the Paris Agreement, without an effort being made in that regard, according to Minister for the Environment Björt Ólafsdóttir, RÚV reports. She recently introduced a report in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, on the state of the climate and climate policy. The report paints a dark picture of affairs.

Björt remarked, “[The report] shows that without change, we’re in a rather bad situation; if we don’t shape up, then we won’t be able to meet the Paris Agreement goals. And what we see is that Icelanders are increasing emissions while most nations in Europe have been systematically working toward decreasing them in recent years.”

She continued, “I think the explanation is a certain complacency on the part of the authorities, so far.”

“I want us to be a role model for other nations,” she stated. “The most obvious way here in Iceland is to adopt a different kind of energy in transportation, to make the car fleet electric, use bio-diesel, and to electrify the harbors for the fishing fleet. Agriculture also has a great opportunity to reduce emissions. Then we must retrieve a lot of wetlands. That’s done in many ways, such as by filling up ditches.” She said she supported forestation as well.

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