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.

Summary of teaching activities:

Visionary summary of the group

Etymology of SIF:
The eponym of the Sustainability Institute and Forum at Reykjavik University is SIF. In the Norse mythology, Sif is the goddess associated with earth. Accordingly, it is our intention to do the best research to honour Sif and our mother earth.


  • 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


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."


5.6.2019 : An agreement that aims to increase innovation and research in green energy

Reykjavik University recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Industries and Innovation, The Renewable Energy Cluster, and GRP ltd. regarding innovation in the green energy sector and continuing research collaboration with Cornell University in New York.

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