Reykjavík wants to be one of 100 climate smart cities

19.11.2021 - 12:26
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson - RÚV
Reykjavík city council yesterday approved a proposal from the mayor, calling for Reykjavík to apply to be part of a pan-European cooperation project to link 100 carbon neutral “smart cities”. Work has started right away to prepare Reykjavík’s application; subject to the details of eligibility that have not yet been clarified on behalf of the European Union. The City of Reykjavík plans to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The EU describes the project as an effort to bring together actions in unrelated fields towards the goal of carbon neutrality—specifically naming energy, transport, buildings, industry, and food production. 

“It is imperative to meet the climate crisis with action at the city level and by empowering the public in a democratic way, as consumers, producers, users, and owners. Thus, it is proposed that co-operation within cities be structured with a special ‘climate cities agreement’, which will be adapted to each city individually, "says Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavík, in a statement. 

A working group was formed following the city's ‘Green Plan’, made up of members from the City of Reykjavík and related municipal companies (such as Orkuveita Reykjavíkur, Strætó, Sorpa, etc.) and that group has already reported back with a summary of what areas need particular attention in regard to Reykjavík’s participation in the European project. 

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