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CO2 Emissions Regulation Tightened

The Minister of Environment’s new regulation regarding geothermal power plant CO2 emissions is much tighter than before, reports.

Power Plant. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“The tight demands come as a surprise because we had been informed that the standards would be different,” Hjörleifur Kvaran, chairman of Reykjavík Energy told

With the new regulation, the public health limit is an average of 50 micrograms of CO2 per cubic meter, per 24 hours. Until now, the WHO standard has been used, which stipulates 150 micrograms per cubic meter.

According to Kvaran, the regulation is therefore stronger than in most other countries, the 150 microgram standard being the most common. However, he hopes that Reykjavík Energy will be able to meet the regulation. The adjustment period is until the year 2014.

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