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Iceland to Become World’s First Eco-Certified Country?

The West Iceland Institute of Natural History has suggested that Iceland become the world’s first eco-certified country, which would repair its damaged image and strengthen sustainable development.

From Snaefellsnes in west Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The institute’s report states that it would take four years for all of Iceland’s municipalities to be granted certification from the organization EC3 Global, which supervises the Green Globe certification system, Morgunbladid reports.

“Eco-certification from an internationally recognized organization with a well-known eco-label would provide new and versatile opportunities for promoting and marketing the country, especially for tourism and production sectors,” the report reads.

EC3 has given eco-certification to companies and institutions in more than 50 countries.

The Iceland certification would only include the country’s municipalities, not private or state-run companies in the respective regions.

Among factors measured in the certification process is all inhabitants’ usage of resources such as water and energy in addition to waste management.

It can also be helpful if the municipality in question already boasts eco-certified companies.

The municipalities Stykkishólmsbaer, Helgafellssveit, Grundarfjardarbaer, Snaefellsbaer and Eyja- og Miklaholtshreppur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula received a Green Globe certification last year.

Their goal is to improve further in various fields, such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy usage, management of fresh water supplies, protection of ecosystems, management of sewage systems, and storage and usage of chemicals that can damage the environment.

The estimated cost for obtaining a Green Globe certification for the entire country is ISK 79 million (USD 634,000, EUR 392,000). The West Iceland Institute of Natural History suggests that the state should cover that amount.

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