A large number of people attended the Sustainable Suðurnes meeting held by the Suðurnes Forum recently.
The meeting discussed sustainability in construction and the operation of municipalities, energy exchange in aviation, the fuel of the future and the innovation of joint carbon accounting. The Suðurnes forum is a collaboration between the four municipalities in Suðurnes - i.e. Grindavík, Reykjanesbær, Suðurnesjabær and Vogar, Isavia, Kadeco and the Association of Municipalities in Suðurnes.
Among the guests at the meeting was Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Climate, who gave a talk on the path to success in climate matters. He discussed the goals of a carbon neutral Iceland by 2040 where the country would become independent of fossil fuels for the first time. He went over the challenges on the road and how we could get closer to these goals by mapping the possibilities and increasing cooperation.
Hrönn Ingólfsdóttir, director of strategy and sustainability at Isavia, and Stefán Kári Sveinbjörnsson, project manager at Isavia, also reviewed the company's sustainability journey. There was a discussion about the path to carbon neutrality in Isavia's operations, which should be achieved by 2030. The mapping of Keflavík Airport's carbon footprint was discussed as were the technical challenges for different new aircraft fuels due to the energy exchange in flight at Keflavík Airport and the energy needs of international flights.