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The Master Plan

for Nature Protection and Energy Utilization

The Icelandic Master Plan for Nature Protection and Energy utilization is a tool to reconcile the often competing interests of nature conservation and energy utilization on a national scale and at the earliest planning stages. The idea to create such a plan has been around since the 1980's but work on it didn't begin in earnest until 1999. The Master Plan is currently in its third phase, which is due to be completed in 2017.


General information

On these pages you will find information regarding laws and regulations pertaining to the Master Plan, as well as a description of the methodology used and the committees involved.

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The Master Plan today

The Master Plan is currently in phase 3. Here you will find the categorization of power plant options from phase 2 and a list of the options under consideration in phase 3.

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History and ideas

Sustainable development is the guiding principle in all work on the Master Plan and has been since the Plan's inception in the late 1990's.

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