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Landsvirkjun has been involved in the extensive land reclamation and re-forestation of the areas surrounding their power stations since 1967. The aim of land reclamation is to reinstate land quality, reduce disturbance to vegetated areas and stop soil erosion and vegetation destruction. Landsvirkjun‘s reclamation projects are also carried out with carbon binding measures in mind.

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Carbon binding via forestry and land-reclamation

Landvirkjun aims to be a carbon neutral company and is in the process of outlining a plan in order to achieve this goal. Landsvirkjun’s total carbon binding efforts were estimated to be 23,000 tonnes CO2-eq in 2014. Landsvirkjun estimates the total area of forestry and land reclamation to be 22,000 tonnes CO2-eq per year. Landsvirkjun also neutralises its fossil fuel consumption by taking part in carbon binding projects steered by the Kolviður Fund which accounts for approx. 1000 tonnes CO2-eq.

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Land reclamation and forestry projects

In 2014, Landsvirkjun planted approx. 84,000 plants around its power stations.

In 2014, Landsvirkjun planted approx. 84,000 plants around its power stations. Landsvirkjun also took part in the cooperative project “Many Hands Lighten the Load” where young adults working in Landsvirkjun‘s summer work projects can contribute to various projects.

Approximately 125 thousand plants were planted as a result of the project but the projects vary between years. Cooperative carbon binding measures are not included in Landsvirkjun’s carbon binding accounts as the projects are not directly executed for Landsvirkjun itself.

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Landsvirkjun is also active in distributing fertiliser in affected areas, and figures in 2013 were similar to that of previous years. Any garden waste materials from the power stations are used in land reclamation areas. Seeds and natural fertiliser from farms are also distributed by the Company annually.

More information on overall figures for land reclamation and re-forestation by Landsvirkjun between 2010 and 2014 can be found in the numerical data section.

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