Environice

– is a leading consultancy in Iceland in the field of climate change and sustainable development
– bases its operations on a holistic view and multi-sectoral thinking
– provides a professional yet personal service

Environice provides its clients with sustainability consulting, focusing not only on conventional environmental issues, but also on social and economic factors and the interrelations between these three dimensions. The company offers services to both public and private entities on a wide range of issues, such as climate change, renewable energy, air pollution, waste management, environmental impact assessment, environmental labels and certificates, sustainable tourism, and environmental governance.

Environice consists of experts with broad professional backgrounds in environmental sciences, management, law and policy, experienced in identifying the right tools and means for clients to translate their sustainability values into action. The company’s work is based on the belief that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to environmental problems, and its experts strive to develop tailor-made solutions to meet each client’s specific needs. Environice is also aware of the fact that solutions to environmental problems are not always technical in nature, and typically require a holistic approach based on interdisciplinary cooperation and effective management, taking the human factor into account. Creativity and forward-thinking are always at the forefront, because – as Albert Einstein put it – “we cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”.

Through its projects Environice has become a knowledge center for sustainable development in Iceland, and sustainability education is placed high on the company’s agenda. The experts of Environice have developed course material for companies, industry associations and education centers, and have taught environmental and sustainability issues at university and college levels.

Environice is a small consultancy with 2-5 employees. It was established in the year 2000 by Stefan Gislason, M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy. The company is located in Borgarnes, a small town of around 2,000 inhabitants, only an hour drive from Reykjavik.

Staff

Stefan Gislason, M.Sc. in environmental management and policy
stefan_gislason_aStefan is the founder, owner and managing director of Environice. He has an extensive experience in the field of environmental management and policy and has provided consulting services in a wide array of environmental matters to clients in Iceland and abroad. He has held various responsibilities within the environmental field in Iceland. For over a decade he was the national coordinator of the Local Agenda 21 Action Plan in Iceland. Since 2013 he has served as the chairman of a government-appointed Steering Committee responsible for developing a Master Plan for Nature Protection and Energy Utilization. Stefan’s main areas of interest include climate change, renewable energy, implementing sustainable development at the local level, sustainable tourism and eco-labeling. Stefan is a sought-after lecturer on environmental and sustainability issues and has taught university level courses on topics such as nature conservation and sustainable development. He maintains a popular environmental blog in Icelandic and is a regular radio contributor on the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service where he provides updates on recent events and trends related to the environment. Stefan is a member of IIIEE Network which includes close to 300 environmental management and policy experts from more than 100 countries.

Education:
1998. M.Sc. in environmental management and policy. University of Lund (International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics), Sweden.
1982. Teacher certificate. University of Iceland, Reykjavik.
1980. B.Sc. in biology. University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Work experience – highlights:
Owner and managing director of Environice (since 2000)
Municipal Commissioner in Holmavik, Iceland (1985-1997)
Principal in Broddanesskoli, a school in West Iceland (1982-1985)

Birna Hallsdottir, Dipl. -Ing. in environmental engineering
Birna SHBirna joined Environice in October 2013. Her areas of expertise include climate change, air pollution, renewable energy, and marine pollution. At Environice, Birna has among other tasks provided scientific and regulatory consultancy to companies that are covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). She has also assisted companies that have made climate pledges in calculating their carbon footprint and developing action plans for GHG emission reduction and waste management. Birna worked for 14 years at the Environment Agency of Iceland where her responsibilities included GHG/air pollution inventories, monitoring of air quality, and implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System. She is a certified UNFCCC expert reviewer and has served as a member of expert teams responsible for reviewing information submitted by parties of the Kyoto Protocol. Birna teaches marine pollution at the Technical College Reykjavik and has been a part-time lecturer at both the University of Iceland and Reykjavik University.

Education:
2011. Diploma in Project Management. Reykjavik University, Reykjavik.
2006. Certified UNFCCC Expert Reviewer.
1997. Dipl.-Ing. in environmental engineering. Technische Unitversität, Berlin.

Work experience – highlights:
Environmental expert at Environice (since 2013)
Part-time lecturer at the Technical College Reykjavik, School of Navigation (since 2014)
Expert at the Environment Agency of Iceland (1999-2013)

Hrafnhildur Bragadottir, M.A. in law, LL.M. in environmental law
Hrafnhildur Bragado_ttir-34Hrafnhildur joined Environice in October 2013. She has devoted most of her legal career to issues related to climate change, renewable energy and air pollution. Hrafnhildur has a broad experience in these fields of law. She previously worked for the government of Iceland where her responsibilities included the development of Icelandic climate change legislation and the implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). She has also been involved in legal research on Iceland´s international obligations under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, and is the author of a book on Iceland’s climate obligations published by the University of Iceland’s Law Institute in 2009.
Education:
2015. Master of Laws (LL.M.), Environmental Law Certificate, Duke University, North Carolina.
2008. M.A. in Law, University of Iceland, Reykjavik.

Work experience – highlights:
Legal advisor at Environice (since 2013)
Lawyer at the Environment Agency of Iceland (2009-2013)
Part-time lawyer at the Icelandic Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources (2012-2013)
Part-time lecturer in environmental law at the University of Iceland (2008-2012)

Projects

ji-bs-ths-91Ever since it was established in the year 2000, Environice has provided advice and various professional services to both national and local authorities in Iceland, as well as to private companies and institutions. Environice has played an important role in large policy shaping projects in Iceland, such as the implementation of Local Agenda 21 and the development of the third phase (2013-2017) of the Master Plan for Nature Protection and Energy Utilization. Its experts have written reports for public and private entities alike, on issues as diverse as sustainable tourism, eco-labels, offshore oil-production in Icelandic jurisdiction, renewable energy guarantees of origin (GO), and environmental aspects of a submarine power cable between Iceland and the UK.

Environice provides diverse consulting services to companies and institutions seeking to improve their sustainability and environmental performance or dealing with specific issues related to the environment. The projects of Environice have included preparation for environmental certification within the tourism industry, review of new operating licenses according to the IPPC Directive, environmental impact assessments, preparation of water management plans, and sustainability education for directors and employees. Recently, Environice has assisted companies and institutions in realizing climate pledges which they made in relation to the 2015 climate conference (COP21) in Paris. The services Environicee offers clients in this area include calculating their carbon footprint, assisting in the development of action plans for GHG emission reduction and waste management, and monitoring their environmental performance. Environice has also provided technical and regulatory services to companies that are subject to the rules of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

Environmental issues are global in their scope and Environice does not limit its services to Icelandic clients. Environice is well connected abroad and has worked on several international projects. They include various projects for the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), which is a co-operation platform for the governments of the Nordic countries. The role of Environice has mainly been to co-ordinate the work of a couple of the NCM’s permanent working groups in the field of waste management and integrated product policy (IPP). In addition, Environice has carried out individual projects for the Copenhagen office of the NCM, which include evaluation of the implementation of the Nordic Strategy for Sustainable Development, and coordination of policies related to the Nordic Swan Eco-label. Teaming up with colleagues in the other Nordic countries, the experts of Environice have co-written a number of reports for the NCM, including reports on economic instruments in Nordic environmental policy and on the potential expansion of the EU Emissions Trading System.