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Driving Sustainability Conference Held in Reykjavík

By Iceland Review

The world’s largest car manufacturers, the largest Nordic energy companies and leading international companies, institutions and individuals in electric transportation will attend the conference Driving Sustainability in Reykjavík next week.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson will preside over the conference, which is an international platform for energy solutions in transportation, and will launch it the morning of September 18, next Thursday.

“According to the largest car manufacturers in the world the supply of regular family vehicles that can drive 150 to 200 kilometers on one battery charge will increase faster than most people think in the next four years,” said organizer of the event Teitur Thorkelsson.

Thorkelsson is the managing director of Framtídarorka ehf., which works on introducing eco-friendly transportation to the Icelandic market in cooperation with private companies, municipalities and public institutions.

Framtídarorka’s vision is for Iceland to become almost independent of foreign energy sources and the first country in the world to be 100 percent sustainable in energy matters.

“This development involves a huge opportunity for Iceland to approach 100 percent sustainability, improving the trade balance and lowering the operating cost of vehicles for the public by three times at least,” Thorkelsson said.

High-ranking executives of Toyota, Ford and Mitsubishi will convene at the conference and provide insight into technological solutions aimed at sustainable transportation that will become available to consumers in the next two years.

The largest energy companies in the Nordic countries, Vattenfall in Sweden and Dong Energy in Denmark, are currently working on introducing electricity into the transportation sector and during the conference they will explain their plans to attendees.

Car manufacturers Volvo and Saab are cooperating with Vattenfall and the Renault-Nissan conglomerate are cooperating with Dong Energy in Denmark and American company Better Place.

Electric vehicles of different makes will be on display during the conference and be available for test driving and cycling.

Driving Sustainability 2008 is hosted by Reykjavík City, Landsbanki Bank and Icelandair. The conference is backed by Toyota Iceland, Mitsubishi Iceland, Reykjavík Energy, the National Energy Authority’s Energy Fund and fuel company N1.

The conference is supported by Iceland’s Industry and Transport Ministries and the Swedish Embassy in Iceland.

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