Iceland Poised to Achieve SDGs, Launches Online Air Pollution Monitoring Site

While Iceland continues to meet many of its sustainable development goals, either through the United Nations 2030 Agenda, the Kyoto Protocol, or with the country’s own sustainability initiative, Welfare for the Future, there is a growing issue of air quality in the urban areas.


Iceland has one of the highest car ownership in the world (#5 as of 2014, with 745 motor vehicles per 1,000 people). This along with the boom in tourism, air pollution in its cities and towns is a growing concern.

Because smog is a new issue in the capital city of Reykjavik, researchers at the local universities have launched a site that monitors and reports air pollution levels for residents: Other modalities such as adopting electric cars, and alternative modes of transportation (like electric bus system and bicycles) are also growing in popularity.

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