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Extensive research and effective communication with society are crucial parts of developing new power projects. We are committed to ensuring efficiency and consensus.

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There are numerous opportunities for increased utilisation and energy production in Iceland. The situation is different elsewhere in Europe, where most energy options have been exhausted. Landsvirkjun put forward twenty power project proposals for review and analysis in 2016.

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Proposals suitable for development or protection

Each power project is preceded by many years of research and the projects are defined according to feasibility, sustainability and minimal environmental impact.

The initial assessment of a power project requires good quality information in order to develop design proposals for individual power stations and to minimise any environmental impact.

Iceland has an effective framework for the further utilisation and protection of land areas, based on three key factors: The Master Plan for Hydro and Geothermal Energy, Environmental Impact Assessments and planning legislation.

All of these tools are designed to assess whether the potential negative environmental impact of any proposed power station outweighs the benefits as power projects affect nature in both highland and rural areas.

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Open and transparent communication

We are committed to maintaining a strong relationship with society by supporting transparent work procedures and knowledge dissemination. Developing power station proposals is a long and complicated process that can take years or even decades.

Specific websites are maintained for proposed power projects under review each time and we also share the results of all our research and related reports. We issue newsletters and news at critical moments of project development as well as open meetings where local communities and other interested parties are given the opportunity to meet project managers and other professionals in the Company.

The Company released seven presentation videos on proposed power projects in preparation. The objective of the presentations is to show the effects of these projects on society and the environment in picture form as well as the positive effects that accompany them.

All the videos can be accessed via the Company‘s YouTube site

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Guided by sustainability

The sustainability initiative was established in 1997. The objective of the project is to monitor the effects of the Kárahnjúkar Hydropower Station and the Alcoa Fjarðarál smelter in Reydarfjordur on society, the environment and the economy in East-Iceland. Landsvirkjun and Alcoa Fjarðarál established the initiative and sought the cooperation of various groups, both for and against the development, and established an advisory group to work on the project.

The project monitors the development of specific sustainability indicators, which provide information on environmental aspects, the economy and society from the very beginning of the project.

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