Iceland to host Driving Sustainability Conference

From September 17th to 18th, the Driving Sustainability Conference for 2007 will be held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Taking its inspiration from the host country, which is developing a reputation for being the world’s leader in the use of renewable energy, sustainable energy for transportation is a key item on the agenda.

In Iceland, the transportation and fishing sectors use the most fossil fuels for powering cars and boats. Otherwise, 72% of the country’s energy needs are derived from renewable sources such as hydroelectric and geothermal sources.

Participants in the conference are hoping to gain inspiration from the volcanic country which has proven so innovative in its energy solutions in the past. Policy makers and fuel technology experts from around the world will be present at the discussions .

The conference will be opened by the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. In addition, the Minister of Finance will deliver the first keynote address. The Minister is expected to speak about a new system of taxing vehicles and fuel designed to encourage eco-friendly transportation practices.

Experts in technology for eco-friendly vehicles such as ethanol, biogas, hydrogen, electric cars and plug-in hybrids, will participate in the conference and will travel from America, France, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland in order to attend. In addition, representatives from various car manufacturers, scientific organisations, and government industries are scheduled to attend.

The trip also offers experts a chance to see some of Iceland’s most beautiful sights as many of the country’s geothermal and hydroelectric power plants are located amidst stunning waterfalls, beautiful hot springs and spectacular geysers.