Although the use of renewable energy resources is central to Landsvirkjun’s operations, the Company is also committed to sustainable utilisation. The reduction of gas emissions (GHG) released into the atmosphere is one of the factors that must be considered. Landsvirkjun is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and intends to become a carbon neutral company.
Greenhouse gas emissions can vary substantially when hydropower and geothermal power stations are compared. The GHG emissions for every GWh produced by geothermal stations were 72.5 tonnes CO2-eq/GWh, if carbon binding is not included and approx. 70.6 tonnes CO2-eq/GWh if carbon binding is included.
Landsvirkjun has completed carbon binding measures beyond emissions in the amount of 0.54 tonnes CO2-eq for every GWh produced via hydropower.
The GHG emissions for every GWh produced by hydropower stations were significantly lower or approx. 1.25 tonnes CO2-eq/GWh, if carbon binding is not included and negative (by -0.54 tonnes CO2-eq/GWh) if carbon binding is included.
Landsvirkjun has therefore carried out carbon binding measures, beyond its emissions, in the amount of 0.54 tonnes CO2-eq for every GWh produced via hydropower. More information on GHG emissions can be found in the numerical data section.