Iceland is investing in green tech to help it reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. This includes projects such as the geothermal power station near Hellisheiði, which pumps carbon dioxide into the porous basalt hundreds of meters below the surface.
The CO2 reacts with metals in the rock and turns into carbonates, locking it away safely for millennia.
This project is one of many that Iceland is investing in to reduce its emissions and reach its carbon neutrality goals.
Others include introducing a carbon tax, investing in renewable energy sources such as geothermal and hydropower, and providing incentives for businesses to make sustainable choices.
The ambition of Iceland to become the first carbon-neutral country is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when governments are willing to make difficult decisions in order to protect our environment for future generations.
If successful, it could be a model for other countries to follow to reduce their own emissions and achieve carbon neutrality.
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