REYKJAVIK, Iceland 5/31/12 (PennWell) -- Icelandic utility Landsvirkjun's 84-MW Hvammur hydropower project has undergone a Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol assessment, HydroWorld.com has learned.
The protocol, developed by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), covers three pillars of sustainability defined by IHA as the "social, economic and environmental" effects of a project, amongst numerous other factors.
"By becoming an IHA Sustainability Partner and implementing the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol on the Hvammur Hydropower Project, Landsvirkjun has demonstrated their commitment to thoroughly and effectively assessing sustainability," says IHA sustainability specialist Douglas Smith.
Landsvirkjun currently operates 13 hydropower stations and produces more than 75% of Iceland's power, making an emphasis on renewable sources essential, says chief executive officer Hordur Arnarson.
"Landsvirkjun places great emphasis on utilizing Iceland‘s resources in a sustainable manner and on assessing the possible impact of projects on the economy, society and the environment," Arnarson says. "We believe that the International Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol can improve the sustainability of plant operation and the preparation and implementation measures for future projects."
Landsvirkjun joins 10 other organizations and companies that have already become early adopters by agreeing to implement the protocol in at least one hydropower project within their spheres of influence, IHA says.
These IHA Sustainability Partners include: EDF, E.ON, Itaipu Binacional, Hydro Equipment Association, Hydro Tasmania, Landsvirkjun, Manitoba Hydro, Odebrecht, Sarawak Energy and Statkraft.