Environment & Climate
Our nature is among the most important resources that our society possesses - today and in the future. It is also sustainable resources that are the cornerstones of this particular project. That is why it is important to make sure to assess how the project might impact environment and climate.
A large project will influence society, people and nature. It is important to know the primary positive and negative consequences of a project before a final decision is made to establish it. Thereby you can secure a sustainable project that takes nature, environment and society into consideration.
It is equally important that the method used for the environmental assessments is internationally recognized, and that it is an open process, which throughout the process involves the public.
In this section you may read about the assessments that are being done regarding the project. The term "environment" covers broadly, so the assessments also include social and health studies.
The aluminium project includes the establishment of to hydroelectric power plants with transmission lines to Maniitsoq where there will be an aluminium smelter with a harbor. Each part of the project must be assessed and a common report for all of this must be handed over to the Greenland Self Rule before it can be finally approved. You may read more about the process in the section concerning EIA.
Furthermore the relation of the project to climate politics is described. Climate politics has become a substantial part of the political debate these last years. The production of aluminium is a part of this debate because of the fact that aluminium is considered a tool for limiting emissions while the production at the same time generates emissions.
You may also read about the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) which is carried out by the Self Rule with the goal of securing that environmental considerations are a part of the decision process surrounding the project. The goal of a strategic environmental assessment is exactly that, making the environment a part of the planning process.