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.
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.
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.
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.