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Emphasis on climate change and renewable resources in Landsvirkjun's Environmental Report

August 10, 2016

Landsvirkjun’s Environmental Report for 2015 is now available. A particular emphasis was placed on climate change and the renewable resources utilised by Landsvirkjun in this report.  The report can be accessed here: here:

Highlights of the report:

  • Landsvirkjun's Environmental Policy was revised in 2015. Policies and strategies were identified in order to meet the Company’s objectives on environmental matters and to help fulfil the Company’s objective of becoming a carbon neutral company by no later than 2030.
  • Landsvirkjun’s carbon footprint is defined as the total set of annual GHG emissions from Landsvirkjun’s operations minus estimated carbon binding and carbon neutralising measures. Landsvirkjun’s carbon footprint in 2015 was approx. 28,886 tonnes CO2-eq.
  • The total consumption of diesel used to operate vehicles was reduced by 11% when compared with the previous year. This can mainly be attributed to the use of biodiesel instead of conventional diesel.
  • Construction work began on the Þeistareykir Project this year. Environmental monitoring has been conducted in the northeast of Iceland for years. The regular monitoring of environmental factors began at Þeistareykir before construction began.
  • In 2015, approx. 5,099 thousand tonnes of steam was utilised to generate 497 GWh of electricity in the Mývatn area. The concentration of pollutants in groundwater (measured on an annual basis) has always been below the set environmental limits in Langavogur and Vogaflói.
  • Hörður Arnarson, Landsvirkjun’s CEO, attended the Paris conference and signed the “Caring for Climate” declaration. Landsvirkjun subsequently registered their intentions in Nazca (Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action). More information can be accessed in the chapter on Landsvirkjun’s climate change objectives.

This is the third year in a row that Landsvirkjun only publishes an electronic version of its Environmental Report and the change has been well received. We encourage everyone to access the entire report here:

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