Icelanders have been at the forefront of exploration of alternative fuel and electric cars. Methane, hydrogen and electric cars are in use by a number of civil services within the city and City Hall intends to increase the number of these types of vehicle further. Methane and hydrogen filling stations are within reach encouraging the public to make use of these cheaper and more eco-friendly energy sources to fuel their cars.
In Reykjavík you will find the world’s largest geothermal heating system. All houses in Reykjavík are heated with geothermal water and the majority of households out in the country are heated with hot water, which means less pollution and 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 from 270.000 to 12.000 metric tons per year. Residents have also found use for the surplus water using the 20°-40°C water running from their houses to heat their driveways and paths. This is extremely convenient in winter when slippery ice covers the front of their homes.
Thermal water has boundless health benefits. Sore joints, swollen muscles and stiff limbs can find ease and wellness in warm thermal pools. Every community in Iceland has easy access to warm geothermal swimming pools and many households, summerhouses 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. The pool admission fee is approximately 3.5 EUR. The now world famous Blue Lagoon has taken the healing properties of the water to a whole new level where stunning nature nourishes the mind while the algae and mineral rich water benefits your skin.
ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICALLY GROWN VEGETABLES
A considerable amount of the vegetables consumed by Icelanders are grown in greenhouses heated geothermally and illuminated by hydro-electricity. 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 winter months the Icelandic farmers take pride in their biologically friendly growing methods. Bees are imported to fertilize the plants as well as insects to contain parasites that might risk causing damage. No wonder the Icelandic vegetables are so rich in flavour and colour.
MANDATORY RECYCLING OF PAPER ADOPTED IN REYKJAVÍK
Reykjavík city Council is running a campaign as of October 1st 2012 with the motto "Paper is not Trash". Residents of Reykjavík will have to sort their wast and place paper in separate bin to general household waste. The paper will be sent to Sweden for recycling.
MOST ECO-FRIENDLY CONFERENCE CENTRE IN THE WORLD
Since opening its doors in May 2011 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 the glass facade which covers three of the four sides resulting in significant reduction in power consumption.
All those who 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 delicious 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 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.