The Icelandic state will aim for a 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, not 40% as was decided at the beginning of the current government’s term. Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will present three new climate goals toward this aim at the United Nations summit tomorrow. The revised policy means Iceland’s greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 55% lower in 2030 than they were in 1990.
Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir has called climate change the biggest challenge facing society today, adding that it’s important to limit its negative impact and ensure the future of humanity and the environment as a whole.
Iceland’s emission reduction goals tie into its participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. Countries that are a party to the agreement are expected to revise their goals every five years. It has become clear to officials that the current goals will not be sufficient to keep the climate’s warming within 2°C and climate actions must go further. Other countries that are party to the agreement, such as China, Japan, and the UK, have also revised their climate goals to cut emissions further within a shorter timeframe.
The Climate Ambition Summit will be live-streamed on Saturday afternoon at 2.00pm UTC.