In March 2018, Landsvirkjun, became the first Icelandic issuer of Green Bonds when the company issued a USD $200 million US private placement („USPP“) in Green Bond format. The USPP is understood to be one of the first Green USPPs issues.
As part of the transaction, Landsvirkjun set up a Green Bond Framework under which it issues green bonds. Green Bonds proceeds will be used to finance or refinance, existing and future projects that promote the sustainable, responsible and efficient use of Icelandic natural resources to produce renewable energy.
The Green Bond Framework is in line with the Green Bond Principles issued by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) that are based on four pillars:
The company obtained a second party opinion on its Green Bond Framework from Sustainalytics. The second party opinion states that overall, Sustainalytics is confident that the Landsvirkjun Green Bond Framework is transparent and robust, and it aligns with the four pillars of the Green Bond Principles.
The Company’s Green Accounts provide numerical data on the environmental impact of Landsvirkjun’s operations. Data in the Green Accounts is reviewed and confirmed by an external consulting company. The consulting company confirms that the report contains information on significant environmental aspects in Landsvirkjun´s operations and that the information is consistent with the company´s monitoring of key aspects that can have a significant environmental impact. The Green Accounts also contain monitoring results as required by the company´s operation permits.
The proceeds of USD $ 200 million raised through the USPP under the Green Bond Framework have been fully allocated to two projects, the Theistareykir geothermal power plant and Búrfell II (the expansion of Búrfell hydropower plant). Both projects comply with the Eligibility Criteria of the Green Bond Framework as shown in the table below. Deloitte, the external auditors of Landsvirkjun have issued an assurance report on tracking of the funds raised to their allocation to Eligible Green Projects and on the reconciliation of the amount of funds allocated to Eligible Projects.
Eligibility criteria for use of proceeds
Landsvirkjun engaged CIRCULAR Solutions as an external consultant to perform an annual review. The review details the assessment of compliance of (1) the Eligible Green Projects with the respective Eligibility Criteria, and (2) Reporting Criteria of the Framework. Key results of impact reporting are presented in the table below.
Environmental impact of funded projects
For further information on reporting please see the documents below provided by CIRCULAR Solutions and Deloitte.
For further information on Theistareykir and Burfell powerstations please visit https://www.landsvirkjun.com/company/powerstations