Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Iceland: Lessons Learned from the Renewable Energy Revolution in the Land of Fire and Ice

Iceland’s Sustainable Energy Story: A Model for the World? (UN Chronicle)

Geothermal Sunsets by Sigurdur William Brynjarsson, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland.
The area around Nesjavallavirkjun geothermal plant in Iceland.
In an era when climate change is making it necessary for countries around the world to implement sustainable energy solutions, Iceland presents a unique situation.

Today, almost 100 per cent of the electricity consumed in this small country of 330,000 people comes from renewable energy. In addition, 9 out of every 10 houses are heated directly with geothermal energy.

The story of Iceland’s transition from fossil fuels may serve as an inspiration to other countries seeking to increase their share of renewable energy. Was Iceland’s transition a special case that is difficult to replicate, or can it be applied as a model for the rest of the world?

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