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

Protecting and preserving the environment

Environmental responsibility and dedication to minimising the environmental impact of our operations are guiding principles at Icelandair Group. We recognise that air travel has an impact on the environment and we commit ourselves by addressing our responsibilities to reduce emissions, conserve natural resources and optimise the use of sustainable energy and recyclable materials. Icelandair Group is an environmentally conscious company; we aim to set the standard for safe, responsible aviation and we have a comprehensive programme of initiatives and targets designed to minimise our impact on the environment.

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.

Environmental policy

Minimising the environmental impact of our operations is an integral 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.

Icelandair Group is getting greener

Sustainable business growth requires us to address our environmental impact, both globally and locally. As part of this effort, we participate in stakeholder groups, such as the International Air Transport Association Environmental Assessment and Airlines for Europe (A4E). Icelandair Group’s environmental impact is not limited to flight operations. It also involves ground facilities, offices, hotels 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, we have been implementing environmental management systems in all Icelandair Group companies. In 2016 Icelandair reached compliance with IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) Stage 2 certification for its environmental management systems. IEnvA is an environmental management system developed by IATA for airlines, which Icelandair applies to adopt the best practices in its industry. Icelandair who completed the first of two stages in 2015 alongside some other prominent international carriers, being the fourth airline globally reaching Stage 2 of the IEnvA Program. In 2016 Air Iceland, Icelandair Cargo, Loftleidir Icelandic, Icelandair Shared Services, and Icelandair Group Management, all achieved environmental management system certification in accordance with ISO 14001. And on the 80th anniversary year of our operations we celebrated completion of the implementation of environmental management in all Icelandair Group. A company certified under ISO 14001 is required to formulate policies regarding environmental affairs and carry out exhaustive reviews of the environmental impact of its operations, setting goals to reduce any significant environmental effects of its operations and addressing requirements in the standard for continual improvement. 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 and for the rest of the world. We put pride in our certifications and cooperate with accredited certification bureaus, such as ACS Aviation solutions via IATA and BSI Group.

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. All our aircraft are now fitted with winglets that reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. We constantly pursue new ways of improving fuel burn in our operations; ongoing projects such as winglet improvements and engine core wash equipment are examples of successful environmental initiatives. As the first airline in Europe, Icelandair is operating with improved Scimitar Blended Winglets (SBW). This will further cut fuel consumption by around 1% on many flights. Existing winglets now reduce fuel burn up to 6%.

Aircraft noise and engine emissions

All aircraft operated by Icelandair comply 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 limit carbon emissions. 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. 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 reduce 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. Successful employee participation in waste reduction and sorting has increased recycling of the waste that is sent from our facilities. Over 60% of all waste from our offices and hotels goes to recycling. As an example, by recycling all corrugated paper from our hotel facilities, we are reducing CO2, emissions equivalent to over 850 trees every year. We 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 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, batteries and used printer cartridges in an effort to reduce waste and increase general recycling.

Environmentally friendly purchasing

Icelandair Group has a purchasing policy that focuses on sustainable and green procurement. We support cooperation with suppliers that have adopted environmental practices and sustainability in providing their goods and services. We are increasing our focus on sustainable and environmental friendly procurement. By introducing our purchasing policy and guidelines for sustainable procurement to our suppliers, we are involving them in our expectations and requirements.

Environmentally friendly commuting

Icelandair Group views public transportation, carpooling, biking and telecommuting as means of saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from employees’ travels to and from work. We pursue an environmentally sound commuting policy and encourage our employees to consider options other 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.

Environmental awareness

Icelandair Group is committed to increasing the environmental awareness of all employees. 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.