Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF)

On 12 December 2017, the Icelandic government under Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir announced her government's plan to make Iceland carbon-neutral by 2040. Subsequently, in September 2018 the Icelandic government published an ambitious climate action plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. 

SIF at Reykjavik University conducts research 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 ranging 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 policymakers in order to strive for resilient and sustainable economic growth while preserving the beauty of the Icelandic nature.


  • Dr. David Christian Finger, Director, Ass. Professor - Area of expertise: environmental engineering, modeling, LCA, EIA
  • Dr. Hlynur Stefánsson, Assoc. Professor - Area of expertise: transition to low carbon economy
  • Dr. Einar Jón Ásbjörnsson, Ass. Professor – Area of expertise: geothermal energy, industrial processes


2.12.2020 : The EU Green Deal and the Icelandic Climate Action

The Delegation of the European Union to Iceland, The Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, and The Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF) invite you to a special seminar on the EU Green Deal and the Icelandic Climate Action plan.

11.9.2020 : 1st SIF seminar on ongoing research projects

The Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF) invites you to the 1st sustainability seminar where SIF members presented the progress of ongoing research projects.

27.7.2020 : SIF summer seminar for ISE students

The Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF) invites all ISE students to a summer seminar where SIF members presented ongoing research projects.

24.1.2020 : 1st International seminar on Circular economy

Prof. Dr. Fogarassy is an expert on the circular economy and has a profound knowledge of the European Green Deal, the new economic incentive introduced by President of the European Commission von der Leyen.

Mohamed Abdel-Fattah

18.9.2019 : A smart future for power transport

"My aim is to develop the subject of smart grids which is a hot topic these days. It is basically an intelligent power system that has a self-healing feature, supported by advanced protection systems with interactive automation and control. This also enables a successful integration of renewable energy sources."

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