Icelandair Group is an environmentally conscious company, committed to addressing its environmental responsibilities. We are dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of our operations, both globally and locally, by reducing emissions, conserving natural resources and optimising the use of sustainable energy and materials

Icelandair Group is going green

Icelandair Group’s environmental impact is not limited to flight operations. It also involves ground facilities, offices and maintenance areas. Our goal is to maximise the use of green energy and minimise waste in all operations by embracing sustainable solutions. In order to achieve this goal, Icelandair Group is working towards completing the implementation of Environmental Management Systems for all Icelandair Group companies by year-end 2016, having already achieved ISO-14001 certification for Icelandair Hotels and Icelandair Ground Services. Icelandair has completed the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme Stage 1 assessment for its Environmental Management System, and is working towards stage 2 assessment. Icelandair Group is committed to implementing programmes of continuing environmental education for its staff and informing its customers of the importance of environmental awareness. In this way we seek to contribute to a successful future for our Company, as well as for the rest of the world.

Environmental policy

Icelandair Group’s Environmental Policy describes our approaches to protecting and preserving the environment. All Company employees are responsible for ensuring compliance with Company policy. Management at all Company subsidiaries and entities are adopting guidelines and procedures to comply with the Company’s environmental policy. Minimising the environmental impact of our operations is an important element of Icelandair Group‘s business plan. We are focused on keeping Icelandair Group green by means of sustainable practices and optimal use of the resources at our disposal. Icelandair Group is committed to minimising its impact on the environment by continuous improvement of the Company’s environmental policies, sustainable material use and disposal, conduct of business with environmentally friendly suppliers and adherence to environmental protection principles. We recognise that even though the operations of our subsidiaries may vary, we share important principles. In addition to compliance with applicable laws and regulations, we show our continuing commitment by:

  • Minimising our carbon footprint and raising awareness
  • Reducing waste by increasing recycling
  • Promoting responsible use of resources
  • Increasing the use of environmentally friendly products and services

We are committed to supporting continuous improvement by setting measurable targets, raising awareness and benchmarking our performance.

Environmental awareness

Icelandair Group is committed to increasing the environmental awareness of all employees. We have implemented a training program throughout the whole organisation, emphasising individual participation and an understanding of the environmental impact that each employee can have. We communicate locally with our employees within the organisation on environmental performance. We also communicate environmental awareness to our customers, suppliers and the general public.

Fuel consumption and fuel efficiency

Recognising the importance of conserving fuel and minimising CO2 emissions, Icelandair Group monitors and evaluates all new ideas and solutions in this field, and all departments participate in this activity. The main goal of the Icelandair Fuel Management Committee is to reduce fuel burn and thereby reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, in particular CO2, and air pollutants (NOx). During the past few years, numerous changes have been made to both the Company’s operations and its aircraft. For example, most aircraft are now fitted with winglets that reduce fuel burn, and on-board weight-saving initiatives have proven successful. We constantly pursue new ways of improving fuel burn in our operations by analysing every aspect of all flights and flight planning. In 2015, fuel burn per 100 revenue passenger kilometre (RPK) was 3.79 litres, as compared to 3.83 L/100 RPK in 2014, and 3.86 L/100 RPK in 2013. In 2015 fuel burn per operational tonne kilometre (OTK) was 0.290 kg, as compared to 0.296 kg/OTK in 2014 and 0.297 kg/OTK in 2013

Aircraft noise and engine emissions

All aircraft operated by Icelandair have since October 1990 fully complied with the ICAO international requirements of Annex 16 Environmental Protection Vol I “Aircraft noise” and Vol II “Aircraft Engine Emissions”. Icelandair continuously strives to adopt targeted procedures to reduce the environmental impact of its aircraft, both to reduce noise and carbon emission. Examples of such procedures include Continuous Descent Approach (CDA), jet engine core wash, targeted centre of gravity loading and single engine taxiing. We are committed to ensuring that our operations and the aircraft we purchase will enable us to continue to reduce our environmental impact on communities in the vicinity of airports, particularly in relation to the issue of aircraft noise and engine emissions.

Minimising waste and managing utilities

Icelandair Group acknowledges its responsibility to reduce the amount of waste resulting from its operations, whether aluminium tins, paper or used parts in maintenance areas. The Company Waste Management Programme helps reduce, recycle and reuse materials across the organisation. Icelandair Group is constantly reviewing its processes and operations and identifying possible new ways to reduce unnecessary waste. The Company’s aircraft, ground facilities, offices and maintenance areas are dedicated to minimising its environmental footprint with regard to energy, materials and related emissions and waste. The Company focuses on best practices by implementing initiatives to minimise the use of resources and identify cost savings throughout the system. The Waste Management Programme has been implemented throughout our entire organisation. Successful employee participation in waste reduction and sorting has increased recycling of the waste that is sent from our facilities. We will continue to promote, develop and encourage waste reduction on site in a systematic and cost-effective manner. We use suitable regulated waste management contractors that ensure safe management and handling of hazardous and non-hazardous waste sent off-site in accordance with best environmental practice. The Company’s goals are to reduce waste and increase recycling of materials, conserve energy, reduce pollution and minimise greenhouse gas emissions. Accordingly, our offices follow a “Print Only What You Need” policy and they buy supplies manufactured from recycled material when available. Icelandair Group offices sort paper, plastic, metal, batteries and used printer cartridges in an effort to reduce waste and increase general recycling.

Environmentally friendly purchasing

Icelandair Group will implement a purchasing policy under which we support suppliers that have adopted environmental practices. Relevant suppliers will be audited with regard to their environmental awareness and the level of environmental control they have implemented in their operations in order to support our environmental policy.

Environmentally friendly commuting

Icelandair Group views public transportation, carpooling, biking and telecommuting as means to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from employees’ travels to and from work. We pursue an environmentally sound commuting policy and encourage our employees to consider other options than drive-alone commuting in our effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Where applicable Icelandair Group employees are invited to participate in a commuting agreement, committing themselves to choose environmentally friendly ways of commuting to and from work.