Towards a Carbon-neutral Approach in the Arctic

Organized by the University of Akureyri, Iceland, Akureyri Clean Tech, Iceland, and the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group of the Arctic Council 23. August 2016

Friday, October 7, 17:00-18:30

Location: Ríma A, Harpa First Level

The Arctic Circle has a focus on climate change, understanding what is happening, potential impacts and sustainable development. In the aftermath of the Paris climate change agreement it is timely to consider how this event might become carbon neutral. 

This session consist of a series of short presentations addressing what is meant by becoming “carbon neutral”, how this might be achieved and why it is essential. Speakers from a variety of sectors e.g. municipalities, Government Ministries, Universities and regional organizations provide case studies on how their respective bodices are striving to become carbon neutral. The session will conclude with a question and answer session focused on discussing how events such (as the Arctic Circle) and institutions can become carbon neutral.


  • Sigurður Ingi Friðleifsson, Manager, the Energy Agency of Iceland: Carbon Emissions and Carbon Neutrality.
  • Brynhildur Bjarnadóttir, Assistant Professor, University of Akureyri: Carbon Sequestration – Possibilities in the Arctic.
  • Hans Jörgen Koch, CEO, Nordic Council of Ministers: A Regional Approach to Carbon Neutrality.
  • Hugi Ólafsson, Director, Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, Iceland: Iceland; Climate and Policies.
  • Guðmundur Haukur Sigurðsson, Manager, Akureyri CleanTech: Akureyri – Towards a Carbon-neutral Northern Municipality.
  • Albertína Friðbjörg Elíasdóttir, Manager, Eimur: Encouraging Increased Sustainability in the Arctic with Better Utilization of Resources.
  • Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector, University of Akureyri: University of Akureyri: The First Carbon-neutral University in the Arctic.
  • Brynhildur Pétursdóttir, Member of Parliament: Summary – Why is the Arctic Circle Event not Carbon Neutral?