Iceland’s Blanda hydropower project demonstrates international best practice in many areas, find international assessors
The Blanda hydropower project in Iceland has achieved an outstanding score in its application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.
Blanda is a 150MW hydroelectric power plant in north-west Iceland. It is owned and operated by Landsvirkjun and was commissioned in 1991.
The project achieved the maximum possible score in 14 of the 17 topics assessed by the Protocol, and exceeded basic good practice on the three remaining topics.
The assessment was carried out between August and October 2013, with a visit to the project site including interviews with stakeholders conducted in September.
About the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is an enhanced sustainability assessment tool used to measure and guide performance in the hydropower sector.
The protocol assesses the four main stages of hydropower development: Early Stage, Preparation, Implementation and Operation. Assessments rely on objective evidence to create a sustainability profile against some 20 topics depending on the relevant stage, covering all aspects of sustainability.