The discussion on environmental issues and corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly prominent in Icelandic society.

We are fully aware of the importance of environmentally friendly solutions. We developed a strategy this year that focuses on systematically working on health and safety and environmental protection and climate issues.

Landsnet’s objectives on climate issues and waste

Landsnet wishes to contribute to minimising any human impact on its environment by setting ambitious climate goals and following up these goals with targeted action.

Landsnet is working on a policy that emphasises the importance of environmentally friendly solutions. Landsnet minimises its impact on the environment with targeted environmental management.

The environmental impact of operations is monitored and action is taken, if necessary. Landsnet is committed to supporting society with regard to environmental matters.

The objectives set out below will be reviewed on a regular basis and continuous improvements will be made to ensure that the objectives are met.

Carbon footprint

Our carbon footprint decreased by almost half in 2016 and was equivalent to 5,165 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO₂) compared with 10,112 tonnes in 2015. The reduction is primarily due to the leakage of the sulphur hexafluoride (SF₆) insulation gas, which is used as an ignition switch in electrical equipment in the substations. The production of back-up power using diesel engines was also considerably less than in the previous year. Waste has been categorised in our operations for seven years and decreased by half between years, from 19.8 carbon dioxide tonnes in 2015 to about 10 tonnes in 2016.

           Objectives on climate issues until 2018

  • The emissions of sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) will not exceed 90 kg (equivalent to 2052 tonnes CO2 equivalent) per year and leaks from equipment shall be no more than 0.35%
  • Emissions due to back-up power will be kept to a minimum. Utilisation of generators at back-up stations will be no less than 35%, during the production of back-up power
  • Energy losses during the transmission process will be no more than 2% of the total in-feed in the system
  • The utilisation of vehicles at Landsnet will be increased by 3% per kilometre
  • All domestic flight travel will be carbon neutralised
  • Electricity consumption will be decreased by 10% at Landsnet’s headquarters


    Objectives and action in waste matters until 2018

  • Annual total waste (excluding project-related waste) will reach a maximum of 300 kg /FTE
  • The percentage of sorted waste will be no less than 70% of the total waste produced
  • The total quantity of annual, general waste (landfilled waste) from Landsnet’s headquarters will be no more than 90 kg/FTE