Landsvirkjun’s introduces its first interactive, digital Environmental Report

12. September 2014

Landsvirkjun’s Environmental Report for 2013 has been released this year and is the first report to be solely published via the web. It is the most comprehensive report yet published by the Company as the digital option offers extensive opportunities in the presentation of documents. The objective of digital publication is to increase public access to information pertaining to the Company’s environmental matters.

The Report has been published on an annual basis since 2006 and presents data and documents on the Company’s environmental matters in an honest and transparent manner. The publication of the Report is part of Landsvirkjun’s commitment to presenting its policy on environmental matters, publicly and is also an opportunity to share its accomplishments within this area.

Landsvirkjun is committed to supporting constructive dialogue, with regard to all areas of its operations, via open and transparent communication.

The Report can be accessed at:

Excerpts from the summary for the Landsvirkjun Environmental Report 2013:


  • An independent audit of the Blanda Hydropower Station, in accordance with the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) shows that Blanda meets Proven Best Practice on 14 out of 17 topics assessed.

  • Landsvirkjun is committed to operating without environmental incident. In 2013, there was one environmental incident in the Þeistareykir area. Fifty litres of oil leaked from a road grader onto the road area. There was no danger of pollution entering the groundwater or surface water in the area.
  • 3,067 thousand tonnes were re-injected back into the geothermal reservoir in 2013. The re-injection of separated water can support the efficient utilisation of the geothermal system and minimises the environmental impact at the surface.

  • The total quantity of GHG emissions from Landsvirkjun’s operations decreased in 2013 and was approx. 49 thousand tonnes of Co2 equivalent. This is 12% less than in 2012 and 20% less than in 2009.

  • The concentration of hydrogen sulphide, measured in Reykjahlíð, did not surpass public health limits in 2013. Additional hydrogen sulphide monitoring stations were set up in the area.

  • In 2013, approximately 276 tonnes of waste were sent away for recycling or reuse, approx. 35 tonnes were sent away for disposal (mostly landfilled) and approx. 6 tonnes of hazardous materials were sent away for disposal.


  • The Arctic char population in Lagarfljót has decreased continually and consistently since 1998 and was decreasing before the Fljótsdalur Hydropower Station began operations. The Brown trout population has not decreased. The fish in Lagarfljót are smaller in size and are not as well nourished. The realistic effects of the power stations will become clear in the next few years.

  • The density of salmon juveniles in the Þjórsá area, in their first and second year (above the fish ladder by Búðafoss) was the highest level recorded. This is testament to the increase in salmon numbers above the ladder

  • The long-tailed duck population decreased in Lagarfljót between 2005 and 2012 but increased in 2013.

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