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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Iceland 2014

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This report is the third OECD review of Iceland’s environmental performance. It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on the environmental aspects of Iceland's energy and tourism policies.

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Key environmental trends

Iceland’s population enjoys good environmental quality and a relatively high standard of living. This chapter provides a snapshot of key environmental trends in Iceland over the period since 2000. It highlights some of the country’s main environmental achievements and remaining challenges on the path towards green growth and sustainable development. The chapter describes Iceland’s progress in using energy and natural resources efficiently; in reducing the carbon intensity of its economy; in managing its natural asset base; and in improving its people’s environmental quality of life.

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