Did you know that eco-friendly Reykjavík has the world’s largest geothermal heating system and that green-minded Icelanders have been at the forefront of exploration of alternative fuel and electric cars? A considerable number of the vegetables consumed by Icelanders are also grown in greenhouses heated geo-thermally and illuminated by hydro-electricity. Ever better for the visitor — Icelandic tap water is famous for being pure and untainted with chemicals and minerals, with a healthy high Ph for the human body.
The world’s largest geothermal heating system is located in the Icelandic capital. It has been growing and improving since it opened in 1930. All buildings in Reykjavík are heated with geothermal water and the majority of households in the country are heated in the same way, which means less pollution and fewer emissions. All buildings are therefore comfortably warm, even during the coldest winter days.
For half a century emission of greenhouse gases in Reykjavík have been systematically reduced and residents have found use for the surplus water using the 20°-40°C water that has already heated their homes to keep ice from forming on their driveways and pavements.
SCANDINAVIAN DESTINATION SUSTAINABILITY INDEX
Reykjavík is now in fifth place in the classification of over 20 Nordic cities, which are evaluated according to their sustainability performance as major meeting destinations This is a giant leap for Reykjavík as a conference destination, considering that it occupied the third last place just a year ago. This means that Reykjavík’s total score has now risen by 44%.This Sustainability Index is calculated by the Nordic division of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Its objective is to show potential clients how much “green” emphasis is placed on the hosting of meetings and conferences in the relevant city.The ICCA index focuses on the sustainability of the infrastructures of the relevant cities, on one hand, and the green priorities of servicing entities, on the other. This includes, among other things, factors such as recycling, energy consumption, the dissemination of know-how and environmental certification
Thermal water has boundless health benefits. Sore joints, swollen muscles and stiff limbs are soothed in warm thermal pools. Every community in Iceland has easy access to warm geothermal swimming pools and many households, cottages and hotels have installed their own hot tubs. Eighteen thermal swimming pools and numerous luxurious spas in the Reykjavík capital area are open throughout the year. Additionally, the now world famous Blue Lagoon has taken the unique healing properties of the water and certain minerals to a whole new level. It’s a memorable place where stunning nature nourishes the mind while algae and minerals in the water benefit your skin.
ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICALLY GROWN VEGETABLES & FRUITS
Many of the vegetables and fruits consumed by Icelanders are grown in greenhouses heated geothermally and illuminated by hydroelectricity. The temperate climate in Iceland makes it extremely suitable for greenhouse horticulture. The abundant and pristine clean groundwater further adds to the quality of the product. Dependent on artificial light during the dark winter months, Icelandic farmers take pride in their environmentally-friendly growing methods. Bees are imported to fertilize the plants, as are insects that help to limit the number of parasites that might risk causing damage. It’s no wonder Icelandic vegetables are so rich in flavour and colour.
MOST ECO-FRIENDLY CONFERENCE CENTRE IN THE WORLD?
Since opening its doors in May 2011, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is believed to be the most eco-friendly conference centre in the world. The building was designed to use mostly natural light through its glass façade, which covers three of the four sides of the building and results in significant reduction in power consumption. All organizations that were chosen to operate within Harpa have sustainability as one of their main goals. Both restaurants and catering services use mainly local produce when preparing their dishes. They also follow strict recycling standards and use environmentally friendly cleaning materials.
ICELANDAIR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Icelandair has adopted an environmental policy.The goal of their policy is to minimize Icelandair’s total environmental impact and to establish sustainable practices by optimizing the use of the resources.
HOTELS FOLLOWING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Hilton Hotel Nordica and Icelandair Reykjavík Natura and Icelandair Reykjavík Marina have been certified with ISO14001 environmental management system. Grand Hotel Reykjavik conforms with the Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for hotels as well as offering certified organic products, at the breakfast buffet and in meeting packages for conferences and groups.