BlogPost 4: (Final): Sustainability In Iceland

Blogpost 4 Bibliography: Sustainability In Iceland:

According to the most sustainable countries in the world, Iceland is currently on the top of the list. For my final blogpost, I plan to research the reasons why Iceland has been dominating the world on being such a sustainable country. I want to explore sustainable features they have implemented within their environmental surroundings, and find out how it is effecting their country. In terms of my argument, I intend to utilize my research from this post as a template for audiences ( specifically other countries), to see how they can copy what Iceland is doing. My mathematical argument will consist of Iceland’s main energy-saving points. I intend to look more into their projects and sustainable features, and calculate how much energy they are conserving and how it is ultimately benefiting their country. Even if it’s the slightest similarity, I hope that my final blogpost can persuade others to follow the direction towards of being a more sustainable country such as Iceland, and to create new ideas/theories that can assist the world on the global climate change problem we are currently going through. Audiences that may find my blogpost interesting are enviornmentalists, citizens who care about their countries sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, and primarily, countries who lean toward the global climate change problem that seek to find effective solutions.

 

Now, let’s see how much geothermal the country of Iceland is able to produce: According to this scientific american article, today, Iceland is able to produce 4 terawatt-hours per year. Let’s figure out how much power will be produced in 5 years in MWh:

\[4 \frac{\text{ terawatt-hours}}{ year}\times{5}\text{years}=20 \frac{\text { terawatt-hours}}{ year}\]

1 terawatt-hour= 1,000,000 megawatt-hours

\[20 {\text{ terawatt-hours}}\times{1,000,000}\text { megawatt-hours}= 20,000,000 megawatt-hours\]

This mathematical example portrays the wonders of Iceland’s geography and how it can help this sophistication country. According to SA, the progress on utilizing their renewable energy will actually increase over the years. According to scientists and geologists, Iceland is on the direction of actually producing 25-30 terawatt-hours per year rather than 4 terawatt-hours per year! As a matter of fact, Iceland is such a dominant country where renewables are so plentiful, that geothermal is used to power up 25 percent of their country while the other 25 is mainly focused on hydroelectric! However, scientists state that geothermal will be their main renewable in their near future (surpassing the hydroelectric percentage) due to the fact that their geothermal energy reserves/resources is so much. Also, because Iceland is a such small country where power like this doesn’t always need to be for homes, appliances etc., they are currently in the process of transferring the remaining renewable energy to their industrial sector, where many of the manufacturing plants will be powered up by the renewable energy that has been brought up.

To help other fellow nations, the SA article has stated that many countries are taking advantage of Iceland’s situation. Countries like China and the U.S. have funded Icelandic geothermal power plants to continue to drill and bring about these large amounts of energy and distribute to them. Due to their large amounts of energy projection in the near future, I think that this is a great idea for these technological- advanced countries to take advantage of. In addition, I also believe that this is a great wonder that Iceland is doing its part and sharing their renewable energy with countries who are have a energy production and consumption problem.

Conclusion: Iceland is a perfect example of a sustainable country. Not because it is number one, but because it’s a country where a majority of the citizens realizes the global climate problem and is currently in a striving direction to change the way they utilize their energy sources. I ultimately intend to utilize my research from this post as a template for audiences ( specifically other countries), to see how they can copy what Iceland is doing. My mathematical argument will consist of Iceland’s main energy-saving points.

 

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Sources:

Source 1: http://www.alternet.org/environment/12-ecologically-sustainable-countries-and-why-they-should-be-admired Source 2: http://www.oecd.org/greengrowth/a-clean-energy-economy-lessons-from-iceland.htm

Source 3: http://www.nea.is/geothermal/

Source 4: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/iceland-geothermal-power/

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