The carbon footprint per inhabitant in Iceland is on average one of the largest in the world, but according to The Global Footprint Network, the average Icelander has the 20th largest carbon footprint in the world and the 5th largest of Europeans. If all people on earth would live and consume like the average Icelander, three planets like Earth would be needed to meet those living standards!
In the big picture, we are such a tiny nation that our influence on the environment – for better or worse – is small compared to the big nations. But that does not make the difference that we all are responsible for the environment like everyone on Earth. In fact, our prosperity makes us even more responsible.
All our plans for construction and operation of ALDIN Biodome aim to improve the environment. This applies both for the environment close by and the environment in wider perspective.
Consumption is one of the biggest reasons for the carbon footprint in Iceland. Both the amount of what we consume but how as well. In ALDIN Biodome we want to make our contribution by encouraging responsible consumption and offer an opportunity to learn through the senses and embrace Icelandic horticulture and innovation.
Let‘s give an inspiring example
A noticeable trend in policy making, is the development of green infrastructures in cities around the world. Reykjavík has a fantastic opportunity to create an inspiring global example that will be noticed. Geothermal energy utility, new ideology and experience, promotes decreased waste and increased respect for the complex processes that occurs before our food ends on our plates.
A strong quality standard for sustainability and wellbeing will guide the construction and the future operation. By creating a new infrastructure in the city with the focus on sustainability we are promoting diversity and a beautiful urban environment. We will make up neglected area and improve its quality with fruitful vegetation and calming natural environment. The location offers easy access by sustainable methods, i.e. by public transportation, by bicycle or by foot.
Our mission with ALDIN Biodome is a great fit with the United Nations Sustainability Goals, especially goals no. 9, 11 and 12 – goals about innovation, sustainable cities and communities and responsible consumption and production. This is not a coincident, this is our heart in all our work until now and will be the heart in the ALDIN Biodome future operation.
The author is the founder and CEO of ALDIN Biodome