Yutong Eurobus is a China-based company that builds, sells and services buses and coaches and has links to Dubai, Iceland and Germany. It has decided to take up Belugaĺs environmental certification programme with a view to later taking up Belugaĺs Environmental, Safety and Quality Control Certification. Yutong Eurobus intends to have its testing and development base in Selfoss, where it has links to the companies Gumundur Tyrfingsson Ltd and GTĺs subsidiary, Tyrfingsson Ltd.
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┴rborg is the largest municipality in southern Iceland. In 1998 four adjacent communities in South Iceland voted to merge, resulting in a total population of 5,500. Three towns are now part of ┴rborg: Selfoss, Stokkseyri and Eyrabakki. But ┴rborg municipality has now terminated its arrangement with Beluga.
All of the environmental policies of the municipality itself and all its associated bodies, such as schools, have been certified by Beluga for some years now. The municipality has been very pleased with the partnership, but difficulties arose this year when Beluga was carrying out its annual appraisal of ┴rborgĺs environmental policies. The final meeting between the parties did not reach any acceptable conclusions as far as Beluga is concerned.
During the appraisal process, Beluga had said that if the municipality wanted to have its certification renewed it would have to set up a schedule for sewage purification equipment at Selfoss, Stookseyri and Eyrabakki (the three towns that comprise ┴rborg municipality). Along the same lines, the municipality itself, including its key officers, should be seen to follow its stated environmental policy as well its associated bodies. This particularly concerns the goal that the municipality set about attempting to buy services and products from parties that have a clear, certified policy on environmental matters.
However, the news is not all bad as at least one other company is expecting to take up Beluga environmental certification early next year.