Increases in greenhouse gas concentrations such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from our exploitation of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) have been linked to climate change. Climate change is believed to be one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the Earth.
Kolviður - Iceland Carbon Fund - aims to combat these changes by enabling individuals, families, companies and institutions to offset their transportation-related carbon emissions. Carbon offsets purchased from the fund go towards tree planting and forest cultivation in Iceland (the Fund also has plans for forestry projects in the tropics), but tree planting is an internationally acknowledged method of sequestering carbon. Forests account for the vast majority of the CO2 exchanged between the land and atmosphere, producing life-supporting oxygen in the process and effectively acting as the world’s “lungs”. Afforestation is particularly important in Iceland. At the time of settlement forests covered an estimated third of the country, but today only cover 1,3%. This massive deforestation and its subsequent erosion makes the country one of the most eroded countries in Europe. Tree planting in Iceland helps to combat this erosion and restore the ecology of the country.
Offsetting your emissions allows you to become part of the solution to climate change.
All Icelandair passengers can now offset their flights through the Iceland Carbon Fund. The amount paid varies based on the length of the flight. For more information on the Iceland Carbon Fund see the following website: Iceland Carbon Fund