Green Policy

In November 2015, the Director of Harpa signed the Climate Declaration, which was presented at the UN Climate Conference in Paris in December of the same year. Harpa has set its long and short term objectives to the year 2030.

Renewable energy

  • Almost all the energy consumed in Icelandic households and businesses comes from clean renewable hydroelectric and geothermal energy sources.
  • Harpa is connected to the Icelandic power grid, which has one of the highest uptimes in the world.
  • The facade is made of glass, which reduces lighting costs.


  • All waste in Harpa is sorted, and all recyclable waste is recycled.

Unique water quality

  • The water used in Harpa comes from water reserves located on the outskirts of Reykjavík. The water is of the highest quality, and no treatment is required before it is distributed to consumers.

Maintenance and cleaning

  • All detergents used in Harpa have the Swan label, a well-known ecolabelling used in the Nordic countries.

Food and drinks 

  • Our catering service works only with suppliers that conduct responsible environmental business and that use fresh, Icelandic raw materials.
  • We donate all surplus food to 

Targets for the year 2030

  • The proportion of recyclable waste will be 75%.
  • The proportion of sustainable transportation to and from work will be 30%.
  • Offsetting of all greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be prevented.

We work strategically with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals that form part of Agenda 2030. These global goals are the UN’s most ambitious agenda for sustainable development to date, and have been adopted by 193 countries, companies and organisations worldwide.  

Targets for the year 2030