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Green policy

We want to help drive sustainable development. For you as a visitor, this means you can enjoy top class experiences with a clean conscience at our facility.


UN Climate Conference in Paris 2015

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


Renewable energy

  • Nearly all 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, resulting in a reduction in lighting cost.


  • 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 charities that
  • work directly with people in need.
  • Enjoy drinking Icelandic water from environmentally friendly, biodegradable cups – It is absolutely free!


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: