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Location: iceland

Sectors: Sustainable energy: access, efficiency and renewables; Green industry, material efficiency and waste minimization; Sustainable Cities and Built Environment; Natural Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptation;

By: Iceland

Type: National

Source: UNCSD Secretariat (2010) Questionnaire for the Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

Year: 2007


Iceland's Climate Change Strategy
A new Climate Change Strategy, adopted in 2007, sets forth a long-term vision for the reduction of net emissions of greenhouse gases by 50-75% until the year 2050, using 1990 emissions figures as a baseline.

"In 2007, the Icelandic government adopted a new Climate Change Strategy, the third of its kind. It is conceived as a framework for action and government involvement in climate change issues. The Strategy will be reviewed regularly in view of new scientific knowledge, developments in international co-operation to combat climate change and governmental emphases at any given time. The Strategy sets forth a long-term vision for the reduction of net emissions of greenhouse gases by 50-75% until the year 2050, using 1990 emissions figures as a baseline. Emphasis is placed on reducing net emissions by the most economical means possible and in a way that provides additional benefits, by actions such as including the introduction of new low- and zero-carbon technology, economic instruments, carbon sequestration in vegetation and soil, and financing of climate-friendly measures in other countries."
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