The Landsvirkjun Energy Division is the eighth Icelandic enterprise to be certified according to the ISO 14001 standard.
An organisation with ISO 14001 certification has undergone a process that includes formulating an environmental policy and thoroughly investigating the environmental impact of its operations. The organisation sets itself objectives involving measures for reducing substantial factors in the environmental impact of its operations. The ISO 14001 standard demands both that these objectives be met and that constant improvements take place. The enterprise also draws up an implementation plan to control and reduce its environmental impact. A thorough knowledge of the environmental legislation and regulations applying to the organisation's activities is essential to this process.
In preparing for certification, significant factors relating to the environment were pinpointed, and the company's environmental policy was subjected to a thorough review. There was a comprehensive examination of work processes associated with the use of hazardous substances for electricity production. Procedures were established for registering incidents and recording comments, and there have been ongoing efforts to improve the handling of hazardous substances. Company staff keep records of all waste leaving the operations and have set a target for reducing the amount of waste having to be buried.
Sigurður Harðarson of the certification firm, Vottun, presents Bjarni Bjarnason, manager of the Landsvirkjun Energy Division, with the certificate at a ceremony attended by a large group of Landsvirkjun personnel.