Going green and being eco-friendly, they are two things that don t typically go hand-in-hand with the world s big cities... or do they?

With its target of being entirely free of fossil fuels by 2050, it seems that the city is well on its way to reaching its admirable aim.

Geothermal energy already powers all of the buildings in the city and only around 0.1% of Iceland s electricity is actually generated by fossil fuels.

Based on the many successes that Reykjavik has already made, the city is standing miles ahead of every other metropolis thanks to the fact that it is the only one in the world that has developed a district wide heating and electrical system that runs nearly entirely on renewable energy.

Despite the fact that nearly 2 million people now live within the confines of the city, the government has worked hard to expand the amount of green space per resident, it has created an effective public transport system that is used on a regular basis by around 72% of the population and more than 1.5 million trees have been recently planted.

Not only this but the city also recycles over 50% of its paper, metal, glass and plastic and the one initiative that the city is probably most famous for is its programme in which residents can exchange their rubbish for bus tickets and/or vegetables, something that has proved immensely popular and beneficial amongst the poorest of the residents.

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