In view of the nature of the company‘s operations it will be insured that environmental considerations will be at the forefront. This applies to all employees of Olis and independent parties that working for the company
Environmental protection will be the guiding principle in the company’s activities. Treatment of sales products, waste disposal, reuse packaging, product development, construction of buildings, and selection of consumer goods will take into account of environmental protection.
On a global level, IKEA has a very comprehensive environmental strategy with ambitious goals for 2030.
IKEA Iceland is part of that strategy, but in addition to that, the company is dedicated to taking extra sustainable steps. 13 years ahead of global IKEA‘s 2030 goal, IKEA Iceland became carbon neutral and with the solar panels which were installed in 2018, the company is in fact carbon positive. IKEA Iceland is also at the forefront when it comes to offering free charge points for electric vehicles and has installed 60 charge points for now, with the opportunity to install more when the need arises.
HS Orka: Creating value from waste
HS Orka has produced electricity and hot water from renewable geothermal resources for over 40 years. Excess resource streams are used by various companies as part of HS Orka´s Resource Park concept.
The Resource Park is located a short distance from HS Orka’s geothermal plants in the Suðurnes region. The project is unique and heralds the future; encouraging new and innovative ways to further develop the efficient utilisation of geothermal plant resource streams.
The concept behind the Resource Park is to reduce HS Orka’s impact on the environment by utilising all effluent resource streams, therefore turning waste into value. The CO2 emissions from our operations are converted into fuel, used to grow algae and have the potential to meet Iceland’s CO2 consumption needs, therefore eliminating the need for CO2 imports. HS Orka will also increase the proportion of recyclable waste to 95% by 2030 and increase the number of eco-friendly vehicles.
These measures will reduce CO2 emissions from HS Orka´s operations by 40%, by 2030.
EFLA operates in accordance with environmental safety and transportation policies. With a certified environmental management system in place EFLA is committed to acquiring knowledge on the environmental impact of its operations and to minimize impacts via continuous improvement and mitigating measures.
EFLA’s objective is to be at the forefront of environmental issues supporting sustainable development in all fields of its consultancy work. EFLA is among 103 Icelandic businesses and institutions signing a joint declaration on climate issues. EFLA is also a member of the UN Global Compact and commits to its ten principles and sustainable development goals.
As part of its environmental policy and in its endeavor to minimize impacts due to its operations, EFLA sets annual measurable objectives. Among EFLA’s 2017 environmental objectives were the following:
- Reduce the use of paper per employee by 5% compared to the previous year
- Reduce the company’s employee carbon footprint, without LULUCF, by 10% compared to 2015
- Achieve carbon neutrality, i.e. a net zero carbon footprint, by 2030
- Achieve a 90% recycling ratio of all waste
In 2017 EFLA offset all direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions due to its operations and has therefore achieved operational carbon neutrality in the year 2017.
Blue Lagoon strives, in all its endeavors, for environmental balance. This drive is manifest through initiatives in several key arenas: waste, water, carbon emission, and electricity use. In totality, these four areas form the foundation of the company’s relentless pursuit of a sustainable planet and a future defined by harmony between man and nature.
Landsvirkjun generates 75% of all electricity used in Iceland, from 100% renewable resources, focusing on the sustainable utilisation of natural resources. In fighting climate change, our main goals are to invest in renewable energy generation; geothermal, hydropower and wind power, to ensure that 25% of the company’s vehicles are powered by electricity by 2020 and to be a carbon neutral company by 2030. In addition, reclamation and afforestation is practised for the purpose of carbon sequestration. Landsvirkjun’s green account is published in its annual report.
Samskip considers sustainability to be fundamental to its business. Our commitment is demonstrated by ISO14001:2015 certification; Samskip is one of the very first Dutch companies whose Environmental Management System is recognized under the renewed Quality Assurance scheme.
Our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint  are continuous and focus on three areas:
And, to measure our progress, Samskip uses five key performance indicators. We calculate exactly how much we are: increasing the intermodal component in services in tonne miles; reducing emissions per km; reducing KWh; reducing paper use in kg; and reducing water use in litres.
This is because the Samskip Corporate Sustainability strategy touches all aspects of our activities; our employees even receive ‘sustainable guidelines’ to encourage environmental responsibility. Our goal is to benefit society and Samskip as a business, by improving resource efficiency, reducing waste and reducing risks.
Ölgerðin has a vested interest in the environment. The company’s policy is to minimize its activities’ impact on the environment and to continually strive for better results.
Ölgerðin takes part in the joint pursuit of climate objectives shared by the EU states and Norway to reduce carbon emissions by 40% in the period from 1990-2030. The company’s policy is to reduce impacts on the environment and to constantly reach for better environmental practices in the company’s day-to-day operations.
Ölgerðin’s aims are to:
- Minimize carbon emissions
- Decrease waste formation
- Increase sustainability in the company’s processes
- Measure the results and regularly publish information about the points mentioned above.
Consistent work is put into making employees conscious of the importance of their work’s environmental effects. They sort and recycle garbage and avoid wasting raw materials and packaging. Better results are also attained by using ecologically friendly materials and reducing the use of containers, energy and water in the company’s activities.
The year 2017 saw:
6% decrease in petrol use from the previous year
12% drop in the use of hot water from the previous year
72% of all garbage sorted
50 employees on a transportation grant
2% reduction in carbon emissions
The release of environmental records to Ölgerðin’s employees.
OR Reykjavik Energy
The role of Reykjavik Energy is to provide customers with access to water supply, sewerage system, electricity utility, district heating and fibre network. Reykjavík Energy, through its subsidiaries–Veitur Utilities, ON Power, and Reykjavík Fibre Network–serves ¾ of Icelanders in one way or another. It produces renewable energy, electricity and hot water for space heating, by utilising geothermal energy and hydro power.
Reykjavík Energy has set itself the goal of reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide of its operations by 60% between 2015 and 2030. The emissions are calculated according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol – Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. Reykjavík Energy’s Climate Goals consist of various actions, each of which contributes to the overall goal. Among them are greener car fleet, less food-waste, and revolutionary new innovation as CarbFix, a method developed under the leadership of Reykjavík Energy to petrify carbon dioxide in basaltic bedrock.