Focal Point
Mr. Danfridur Skarphedinsdottir
Head of the Division, Division of Policy Development

Side Events at Rio+20

Green economy Practices/Policies/Initiatives in Iceland
  • Act on the Emission of Greenhouse Gases
    An act on the emission of greenhouse gases was passed by the Icelandic legislature in 2007 to create conditions for Icelandic authorities to comply with international obligations in limiting emissions of greenhouse gases.
  • End-of-life vehicles
    A deposit system for end-of-life vehicles came into force in 2003.
  • Excise Duties on Fossil Fuels for Transport Purposes
    The excise tax on petroleum has been calculated in two steps since 2006.
  • Green Public Procurement Action Plan
    The Icelandic government?s policy on Green Public Procurement (GPP) aims to promote environmental protection and advance
    sustainable development in the society.
  • Hazardous waste fees
    A system of hazardous waste fees on the sales of various products was introduced in 1997 to finance the collection, recycling and treatment of toxic waste.
  • 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.
  • Individual Transferable Quota System
    Fisheries Management Act, passed in 1990, established the individual transferable quota (ITQ) system for the fisheries. They were subject to vessel catch quotas.
  • Municipal Waste Fees at Recycling or Waste Treatment Facilities
    The regulation on the treatment of waste makes municipalities responsible for collection, handling and treatment of municipal waste, which makes charges vary considerably from one local authority area to another.
  • National Waste Management Plan
    In Iceland, the first National Waste Management Plan (2004?2016) focuses on the most cost-effective conditions possible with regards to recycling and an obligation on local authorities to produce waste statistics.
  • Recycling Fees
    The Icelandic Government has opted not to introduce taxes on landfill and incineration at present and has instead implemented a system of recycling fees through legislation passed in 2002.
  • The Icelandic National Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
    The Icelandic National Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities aims to evaluate the threat posed by different types of marine pollution.
  • The Soil Conservation Plan
    The Soil Conservation Plan (2003-2014) sets goals for mitigation of land degradation and decertification, revegetation of eroded land, and attaining sustainable land use.
  • Welfare For The Future
    "Welfare for the Future" is an example of strategic framework on a national level and is the perspective of the Icelandic Government on Sustainable Development in Iceland to the year 2020.
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