Iceland first UK supermarket to trial deposit return scheme

It has installed a reverse vending machine at its store in Fulham, London

New label to help UK shoppers choose plastic-free products

Iceland is among the first supermarkets to start using the label

Iceland’s bitcoin mines ‘could pinch all the power’

  Iceland could use more electricity on bitcoin mining than on supplying the entire country’s homes in 2018. The Associated Press has reported Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, Director of Business Development at energy firm HS Orka, said if all the mining firms wanting to get involved actually manage to do so, there won’t be enough energy […]

Iceland puts the freeze on plastic packaging

  Iceland has committed to eliminating plastic packaging from all of its own brand products by the end of 2023. The frozen food retailer says it will create a range of paper and pulp packaging and trays, along with fully recyclable paper bags to help start the phase-out of the polluting material. British supermarkets currently […]

Iceland and Co-op back plastic bottle deposit scheme

  Iceland and Co-op have become the first two supermarkets to support a UK-wide bottle deposit return scheme (DRS) to tackle plastic pollution. The retailers said they would back a mandatory DRS following the Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s consultation on the possibility of introducing it to boost recycling rates. A DSR would mean consumers get […]

Capturing CO2 from air? That rocks!

A new technology absorbs carbon dioxide straight from the air and stores it permanently in underground rock. Developer Climeworks has partnered with Reykjavik Energy for its CarbFix2 pilot project, which will see an existing geothermal power plant in Iceland fitted out with the capture and storage equipment. The company says its Direct Air Capture (DAC) […]

Mexico grants geothermal licenses to French, Icelandic firms

The Energy Ministry in Mexico has issued three exploration permits for geothermal energy. The permits allow French utility ENGIE and Icelandic firm Reykjavik Geothermal to spend three years exploring resources located in three zones – Sangangüey, Cerro Pinto and Las Derrumbadas. Geothermal energy is a sustainable source that uses heat from deep underground for heating, […]

Iceland’s capital aims to be carbon neutral by 2040

Iceland’s capital city has set a goal to reach carbon neutral status by 2040. Within the next 25 years, Reykjavik will increase the efficiency of public transport and limit city expansion to hit the ambitious target, according to new plans released last week. The goal builds upon the city’s previous target of cutting emissions by 73% by […]

Iceland to build 90MW geothermal plant

A new geothermal power station with a total capacity of 90MW is to be built in Iceland. Located in Theistareykir, north-eastern Iceland, the facility is being financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB). It has signed a €125 million (£99m) loan agreement with Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland to fund its design, development and operation. Geothermal wells that could provide 50MW have also […]

EU council puts on pressure to speed up Doha Amendment

The European Council has taken steps to speed up the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol which they claim will take further steps in the fight against climate change. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It sets out binding reduction targets for 37 industrialised […]