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June 3, 2014, 15:57

Iceland, the EU and Climate Change

Evropustofa and The Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland host an open seminar Thursday June 5 from 13:00 to 16:00 in Oddi 101 at the University of Iceland in cooperation with the Icelandic Environment Association and the Iceland Nature Conservation Association.


The seminar will focus specifically on recent developments concerning the EU’s climate change policy and how it impacts regulations in Iceland through the EEA agreement. Is the EU “doing enough” to combat climate change? Ranking among the highest greenhouse gas emitters per capita in the world, what is Iceland doing? Case studies will be utilized to illustrate how cutting GHG emissions can be linked to innovation in the business sector in Iceland and some insight will be given into attitudes towards climate change in the country.

Opening remarks
Pia Hansson, Director of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland

EU Climate Policy and the EEA Agreement
Samuel Flückiger, Climate Change and Environment Officer at EFTA

A Critical Look at EU Climate and Energy Policies
Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe

Iceland's Policy and Action Plan on Climate Change
Hugi Ólafsson, Director General at the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources

Opportunities for Innovative Solutions in the Business Sector in Iceland
Bryndís Skúladóttir, Head of Environment, Federation of Icelandic Industries

Do less - A Sober Look at the Root Causes of Modern Climate Change
Finnur Guðmundarson Olguson, Co-Editor of the Online Environmental Magazine grugg.is

Closing Remarks
Árni Finnsson, Chair of the Iceland Nature Conservation Association

Moderator: Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Managing Director of the Icelandic Environment Association

Coffee break with light refreshments.

The seminar will take place in English and is open to the public.