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Consultation Group

The consultation group between Landsvirkjun and Alcoa on sustainable development in East Iceland was established in early summer 2004. The aim of the group was to formulate a framework that could assess the impact of the Fjarðaál smelter and Kárahnjúkar power plant on the concepts of sustainable development.

The role of the group was:

  • To identify the issues that each in the group considered important to monitor in the future.
  • Developing indicators.
  • To find possible measurements to measure the impact of the companies operations on sustainable development in East Iceland.

Composition of the group:

Representatives of Landsvirkjun and Alcoa compiled a list of institutions, associations and companies that were invited to appoint representatives to the group. The group was composed of representatives of various parties who had interests in the area of ​​influence of the power plant and smelter, as well as experts in economic, social and environmental issues. The group met four times, in addition to which participants worked between meetings with their partners (NGOs, companies or institutions) on proposals and reviewed data. The table below shows a list of participants in the consultation group as well as information on which institutions, companies or associations they represent.

Benefits of participation:

The organizations that took part in the project saw an advantage in it, e.g. for the following reasons:

  • To present ideas and comments.
  • To have access to information about the projects, their effects and consequences.
  • To have the opportunity to monitor the progress of the projects.
  • To have the opportunity to express concerns and formulate indicators that concern them.
  • A unique opportunity to participate in an Icelandic project on sustainable development that is internationally interesting.
  • To get acquainted with work that is in line with the Icelandic government's policy and international ideology on sustainable development.

List of participants in the consultation group:

Name Institution, company or association
Andrés Svanbjörnsson Iðnaðarráðuneytið
Anita Roper Alcoa
Anna Heiða Pálsdóttir Alcoa Fjarðaál
Arngrímur Viðar Ásgeirsson Ungmenna- og íþróttasamband Austurlands (ÚÍA)
Assheton Stewart Carter Conservation International / Center for Environmental Leadership in Business
Auður Anna Ingólfsdóttir Samtök ferðaþjónustunnar
Björgólfur Thorsteinsson Landvernd
Craig Bridge Bechtel
Davíð Baldursson Þjóðkirkjan - áhrifasvæði álvers
Einar Rafn Haraldsson Heilbrigðisstofnun Austurlands
Grétar Þór Eyþórsson Háskólinn á Akureyri
Guðmundur A. Guðmundsson Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands
Gunnþórunn Ingólfsdóttir Fljótsdalshreppur
Halla Eiríksdóttir Náttúruverndarsamtök Austurlands (NAUST)
Hildur B. Hrólfsdóttir Landsvirkjun
Hrönn Pétursdóttir Alcoa Fjarðaál
Hugi Ólafsson Umhverfisráðuneytið
Inger L. Jónsdóttir Sýslumannsembættið í Fjarðabyggð
Jón Ingi Kristjánsson AFL
Kristín Ágústsdóttir Náttúrustofa Austurlands
Lára G. Oddsdóttir Þjóðkirkjan - áhrifasvæði virkjunar
Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson Fljótsdalshérað (Egilsstaðir)
Patrick Grover Alcoa
Pálína Guðmundsdóttir Verkmenntaskóli Austurlands
Jón Þór Sturluson Háskóli Íslands
Pétur Ingólfsson Landsvirkjun
Ragnheiður Ólafsdóttir Landsvirkjun
Róbert Ragnarsson Félagsmálaráðuneytið
Signý Ormarsdóttir Menningarráð Austurlands
Sigurður Ólafsson Þekkingarnet Austurlands
Sigurður St. Arnalds Landsvirkjun
Smári Geirsson Fjarðabyggð
Stefán Stefánsson Þróunarstofa Austurlands
Tómas Már Sigurðsson Alcoa Fjarðaál
Þorvaldur Jóhannsson SSA