The Sustainable and Low Carbon Economy and Technology (SALCET) Center at Reykjavik University

On 5 May 2017 the Icelandic government under Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson signed an agreement to establish a climate action plan to be completed by the end of 2017. The SALCET center at Reykjavik University aims at establishing a research group of interested experts to work on sustainable development and low carbon technology projects, providing evidence based solutions to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG). This will be done through an interdisciplinary and cross sectional team of experts providing expertise on socio-economic problems raging from sustainable management of the Icelandic resources (resilience-based land and water management), innovative technologies (carbon- and sulf-fix project) to socio-economic impact studies (e.g. electrification of the car fleet). The overall goal of the group is to provide evidence based results to policy makers in order to strive for resilient and sustainable economic growth while preserving the beauty of the Icelandic  nature.

Summary of teaching activities:

Towards a carbon neutral and sustainable economy


Visionary summary of the group

Iceland as a demonstrator for a transition to low carbon economy?

Directorial board:

  • Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson, Ass. Professor – area of expertise: geothermal energy, heavy industry
  • Hlynur Stefánsson, Asso. Professor - area of expertise: transition to low carbon economy
  • David Christian Finger, Ass. Professor - area of expertise: environmental engineering, modelling, LCA, EIA

Honorary members

  • Guðrún Arnbjörg Sævarsdóttir, dean of School of science and engineering at RU
  • Guðlaug Matthildur Jakobsdóttir, head of the international office at RU