We’re pretty proud to say that VSV employs 7% of the island of Vestmannaeyjar. Needless to say, we are the island’s largest employer with 300 permanent staff, while also calling in additional temporary workers for seasonal work.
At VSV, we believe it’s our responsibility to be as resourceful as possible. Since 2002, any excess energy from our facilities has been utilised to heat our buildings. From 2003 onwards, the VSV facilities have been connected with Vestmannaeyjar’s hot water utility as an “energy plant”. During peak operations, VSV can supply the hot water utility’s distribution system with enough energy to heat half of the island’s residential housing.
The technical equipment making this possible has also helped halve oil consumption in operations. Greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere from fishmeal processing have also decreased — meaning lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).