Climate & environment

Nature is among the most important resources our society has – both today and in the future. It is also renewable natural resources that are the cornerstone when you talk about establishing a smelter plant in Greenland. It is therefore important to ensure and study how the establishment of major industry can impact the environment and climate.

Environmental studies

When you initiate a business project including a major construction that can impact society, environment and nature, there is a requirement that environmental studies and environmental impact assessments must be conducted. Thus you can ensure a sustainable project.

What is to be investigated and how depends on the project and the applicable rules. Environmental studies must ensure that the necessary knowledge exists about a major industry’s major positive and negative impacts, before the competent authority must take a final decision for or against the project.

Methods and processes

It is important that the method used in environmental studies is internationally recognised, and that this is an open process that continuously has public involvement.

The Government is conducting a strategic environmental assessment (SEA), which aims to ensure that environmental considerations are taken into account in the political decision-making process in relation to the type of development we want and where.

In the context of the specific project for establishing a smelter plant, the project manager must prepare a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA). It must describe the project’s impacts in detail, as well as what is actively being done to limit the possible negative impacts. The EIA study must subsequently be approved by environmental authorities that, among other things, verify that the studies are carried out in accordance with recognised standards. Each part of the project must be studied and a comprehensive report on this matter must be submitted to the Government of Greenland before it can get final approval.

Both the EIA and SEA are based on international standards that also includes local conditions.