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Landsvirkjun intends to become a carbon neutral company and one of Landsvirkjun’s key objectives is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Part of this objective can be achieved by reducing fossil fuel consumption in its operations.

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Fossil fuel consumption in Landsvirkjun’s operations

Fossil fuels are a non- renewable resource and the burning of fuels causes the release of various gases, including GHGs, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxides (N2O). Carbon monoxide (CO) and suspended particulate matter are also released and are detrimental to the environment.

Landsvirkjun uses fossil fuels to operate vehicles, machinery and equipment. The attendant fuel consumption, as a result of operations is then registered. However, it should be noted that the diesel consumption of contractors, as a result of construction work, is not included in Landsvirkjun’s carbon footprint. However, information on the fuel consumption of contractors during large-scale work for Landsvirkjun is gathered and recorded. More information on diesel consumption by contractors at Búðarháls and Þeistareykir can be found in the numerical data section.

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A decrease in the total consumption of fuel

In 2014, Landsvirkjun’s total consumption of fossil fuels was approx. 256 thousand litres.

Diesel oil is the most common source of fuel for Landsvirkjun’s operations. Diesel consumption accounted for 96% of consumption in 2014 whereas petrol accounted for 4%. Approximately 251 kg of methane was used to supply vehicles at Landsvirkjun’s Headquarters in Reykjavík.

Landsvirkjun’s total consumption of fossil fuels (diesel and petrol) in 2014 was 256 thousand litres. Diesel consumption accounted for 244 thousand litres of the total consumption and has decreased by 10%, when compared with the previous year. This is mostly due to the operations of the Project Planning and Construction Division and the Research and Development Division which varies between years, according to the number and scale of projects. Preparation work for the Þeistareykir project was the largest project carried out by these divisions in 2014.

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Landsvirkjun purchased over 11 thousand litres of petrol, which is a 9% decrease from the previous year. The quantity of petrol purchased by Landsvirkjun has decreased by 41% when compared with figures released in 2010. This can be attributed to a decrease in the number of petrol-run vehicles used in Landsvirkjun’s operations.

Diesel consumption accounted for 244 thousand litres of the total consumption and has decreased by 10%, when compared with the previous year.

The fuel consumption of Landsvirkjun’s power stations remained relatively stable although diesel consumption did increase in the Þjórsá area. This can be attributed to the operation of various equipment in the highland areas, fuel-run reserve power stations during transformer replacements at the Búrfell station and as well as an increase in fuel consumption in vehicles used in station areas. More information on fuel consumption between 2010 and 2014 can be found in the numerical data section.

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Landsvirkjun‘s transportation policy

In 2014, we set a transportation policy where an emphasis was placed on less fossil fuel consumption and developing an energy exchange plan. The objective of the plan is to reduce emissions from transportation by:

  • Reducing fossil fuel consumption in Company vehicles

  • Neutralising unavoidable emissions via carbon binding measures

  • Active participation in developing an energy exchange plan for Iceland.

In 2013, two electric vehicles were introduced to Landsvirkjun’s Headquarters in Reykjavík. These are intended for general use.

There are four clean energy electric vehicles in Landsvirkjun’s fleet today as well as two hybrids and the venture has so far been successful. In 2014, two fossil fuel run cars in the Fljótsdalur and Sog area were replaced by electric vehicles. A hybrid was also introduced at the Blanda Hydropower Station. The option of electric vehicles is always considered when renewing any part of the vehicle fleet at Landsvirkjun and the Company seeks out opportunities to exchange fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles whenever possible.
Landsvirkjun and many of its business partners took part in a conference on energy exchange in transport held by Græna orkan (Eco Energy) in September, 2015.