Iceland plans to cut its carbon emissions by 2020

Iceland has launched an action plan intended to cut the country’s net carbon emissions by 30% from 2005 levels by 2020. An afforestation programme and steps to decarbonise transport and the fishing industry are key elements.

The action plan builds on a long-term aspirational goal set in 2007 of cutting net greenhouse gas emissions – including carbon sinks – by 50-75% by 2050. The government forecasts that the amount of carbon sequestered through afforestation will increase from 330,000 to 775,000 tonnes per year by 2020.

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