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Reykjavik will host EcoProcura 2009

Moving Toward Sustainable Transportation in Reykjavik

August 21, 2008

Leading up to the first annual Driving Sustainability Conference hosted in the city in September 2007, Reykjavik announced its intention to increase overall energy efficiency along with the amount of renewable energy used for vehicles.  With 72% of its energy already supplied from hydro and geothermal sources, this should not prove to be too difficult a feat. 

Innovative Energy Choices

Lacking a fossil fuel resource base Iceland has had no choice but to be innovative in its approach to energy sources, and with a vast array of geothermal and hydro sources available, this was clearly a natural choice.  The world’s first commercial hydrogen refueling station opened in Reykjavik in 2003 and there is rapid growth in the fleet of hydrogen passenger cars, along with those that run on locally produced biogas, including buses. 

Greening Transportation

As an incentive for people to drive eco friendly cars, amendments made to parking regulations in 2007 allow eco friendly cars to park for free in the city center.  In a city that is highly reliant of personal vehicles, this only accounts for approximately 1,400 out of 230,747, which is only 1%.  To be deemed eco-friendly an eco test must be passed, and the car must consume less than five litres of fuel per 100 km.  However, ethanol cars and E85 fuel have both begun to be imported and a Toyota Prius has been converted to a plug-in hybrid that is capable of running over 100 kilometres on electricity.  These innovative steps are a clear indicator of Iceland’s lead in developing and using renewable energy in the transport sector and will hopefully result in an increase of eco friendly personal vehicles.

EcoProcura

The 7th EcoProcura conference will be hosted by The City of Reykjavik in 2009.  The conference will address how sustainable procurement can support climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies without compromising social and economic development aspects. Reykjavik will encourage a transatlantic exchange and cooperation between North American and European participants. 

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