For over a century, Eimskip has connected Iceland and the rest of the world with its transportation services. The Company has played an important role in Iceland’s history and fight for its independence. It realizes its responsibility and is committed to maintaining its presence and services.

The Company operates an efficient and responsible transportation system in the North Atlantic and offers worldwide forwarding services. Its mission is to be a leading transportation company in the North Atlantic with connections to international markets and to be specialized in worldwide freight forwarding services, with the vision of providing excellence in transportation solutions and services.

To attain this, Eimskip strives to provide its customers with the most efficient and sustainable transportation solutions combined with outstanding services, while securing a good return for its shareholders and being responsible towards its employees and the society, including the environment.

The Company transports large volumes of foods and various consumer goods and by securing safe transport with the focus on lowering damage it creates shared value with smaller waste generation for the benefit of the environment.

Eimskip defines the society as one of its stakeholders. The others are the Company’s shareholders, customers and employees. Corporate social responsibility plays a large role in its operations, of which the environmental matters are important. Eimskip‘s values are Achievement, Cooperation and Trust. These are the employees’ guiding principles in the Company’s endeavor to work for a better society, preserve and protect the environment and to be a role model when it comes to responsibility and trust.

Eimskip signed the Reykjavík Declaration on Climate Issues in November 2015 regarding measures to tackle climate change. In January 2017 Eimskip was one of many companies that signed a joint declaration on responsible tourism, but the Company currently operates three ferries in Iceland.

Eimskip wants to contribute to a better and safer society wherever it operates and sees it as an integral part of its corporate responsibility, values and goals to be a responsible player in the community. In this spirit, it supported a variety of community projects and non-governmental organizations in 2016. When choosing the projects, the Company gave priority to enhancing safety at sea, supporting environmental projects, charities, sporting activities, culture and innovations and, last but not least, projects centered on youth and children.

The Company is especially proud of its bicycle helmet project, which began in 2004. In cooperation with Kiwanis, the Company has given all six-year-old children in Iceland bicycle helmets and safety reflectors to contribute to youth safety. During this period, Eimskip has given about 60,000 helmets to children who are now aged between 6 and 19. The project is symbolic for Eimskip’s values and commitment to a better and safer society.

In 2016, Eimskip continued aligning the Company’s corporate social responsibility with its business effort and the main focus of the year was on a reduced ecological footprint. One of the Company’s Strategic Priorities 2017 is CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, where the main focus is on implementing a formal CSR strategy for the company and on measuring its ecological footprint.



More than ever before, people now realize the negative impact that the use of fossil fuels has on nature. Its use has resulted in global warming, ozone-layer depletion and acid rain. For decades, the United Nations have been leading an international, consensual program to set goals for sustainable development and combat climate change. By doing so, they provide the necessary framework for all communities, large and small, to take action. A vital part of that program was the Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, otherwise known as Paris 2015, or COP21, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

For Iceland, which bases large part of its economic foundation on harvesting natural resources from the ocean in a sustainable way, the changes associated with global warming and pollution of the ocean leave all the key components of its modern economy utterly exposed, in addition to threatening the quality of life for future generations. To support global and local environmental initiatives, Eimskip signed the Reykjavík Declaration on Climate Issues in November 2015. The agreement includes reducing greenhouse gas emission, reducing waste and monitoring the results of the measures and regularly publicizing the information.

Eimskip will continue focusing on reduced emissions and improved waste disposal and at the same time increase the transparency of its ecological footprint throughout the supply chain. The focus in 2017 will be on extending monitoring of emissions and waste from the supply chain by collecting electronical data from all emitting sources and streaming it automatically to a common data warehouse. Digitization of emission and waste-registration data from the supply chain will enable continuous monitoring of measures and provide reliable and transparent information on the status. In January 2017 Eimskip signed a contract with a shipyard in China on building two 2,150 TEU ice class Polar Code container vessels with expected delivery in 2019. These vessels will be built in line with environmental standards and are designed to be fuel efficient.

As from 2017 Eimskip will publish its figures on the environmental impact of its operations in accordance with the declaration on the Company’s website. The website will also include an efficient transport calculator that will provide Eimskip’s customers with carbon footprint related to their transport.


Eimskip defines its ecological footprint as a combination of carbon footprint and waste disposal. The operation of the Company’s vessels is the main contributor to its carbon footprint.

The Company respects the environment and recognizes the effects that climate change could have on society and its business activities and the need for a low-carbon economy. Minimization of the environmental load from its operations focuses on achieving full clarity regarding emissions and waste from each of the emitting sources in the supply chain. To make this possible, use of data and analytics was stepped up in 2016, giving Eimskip a better overview of its ecological footprint and reduction opportunities. The Company uses its own electronic Environmental Management System that is linked to all major assets in the supply chain, streaming reliable and transparent information on its environmental matters.

The calculation of the Company’s carbon footprint is presented in the following graph which shows carbon intensity per transported unit in kg CO2 equivalent (e) per ton of transported units.

Carbon Intensity per Transported Unit in kg CO2e / tons Transported Units

Eimskip reduced its carbon footprint by 8.8% in 2016 compared to the previous year, calculated per transported unit. The Company’s aim is to further reduce its footprint in the coming years, with a goal of 40% reduction in 2030 based on 2015 numbers. This goal of total reduction is comparable with Iceland’s decision of joining the European Union and Norway in their common goal of 40% reduction of emission in 2030.


In 1991, Eimskip became one of the first companies in Iceland to establish an environmental policy as a main driver for actions for improved ecological footprint. Since then, the challenges in this field have developed very quickly and the transportation industry, as well as others, realizes how important environmental issues are for the world today.


Eimskip respects its environment and seeks to limit its impact on the ecosystem. Protecting the environment and environmental awareness are reflected in the Company’s operations, management and day-to-day work of its employees.

Much has been accomplished since 1991 and Eimskip continues to take further steps towards improving its environmental performance and align to global and international initiatives.


  • Identify and control potential environmental risks posed by the Company’s operations
  • Manage the Company’s operations according to applicable laws, regulations and international conventions
  • Recycle waste from the Company’s operations and minimize the creation of waste
  • Improve energy efficiency of the Company’s vessels
  • Improve energy efficiency of the Company’s fleet of trucks and other equipment
  • Work on savings and improving efficiency in energy consumption on the Company’s premises
  • Set yearly goals on environmental issues
  • Provide employees and customers with regular training on environmental issues


All the Company’s vessels are run according to a certified Safety Management System complying with the ISM (International Safety Management) code. This includes risk assessments with regard to environmental risks and applicable procedures to control and prevent environmental risks as far as possible. It also includes emergency procedures for each vessel and the office to ensure proper response to incidents that potentially could harm the environment.

Eimskip operates a loss prevention team. One of its tasks is to monitor and identify potential environmental risks anywhere inside the Company and its operations and to highlight them to the applicable managers and/or employees.


New rules came into effect on 1 January 2015 regarding sulphur emissions from vessels in Emission Control Areas (ECA). The rules oblige shipping companies to use fuel with a sulphur content of no more than 0.1% inside these areas, a reduction from the earlier limit of 1.0%. These new rules apply to the majority of Eimskip’s sailing routes.

Eimskip’s ambition is to be a leading transportation company in the North Atlantic and a leader in responsibly fulfilling global environmental requirements. The new ECA regulation is intended to have positive effects on the environment, as the goal is to reduce the sulphur emissions of vessels in the ECA zones by 90%. In addition, the Company will focus on implementing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in 2017.


For many years, Eimskip has categorized and recycled the majority of waste from its operations. In recent years, special focus has been set on recycling waste as far as possible, and this will continue.

According to MARPOL Annex V, all vessels are to have a garbage management plan and a garbage record book. To further improve the monitoring, recycling, and reporting, Eimskip digitized the garbage log and started streaming the data to the environmental data warehouse in 2016. Through this, waste has become a part of the supply chain footprint calculation and analytics. This also increases the possibility of further creating value from the waste.


As a front-runner in the industry, Eimskip started to explore the use of new energy management technologies in 2005 with the intention of increasing the energy efficiency of its fleet. Energy management solutions in shipping were new at that time and the technology was in its infancy. Today, energy efficiency is an integrated part of the operation of the vessel fleet. Based on the positive results, Eimskip will continue focusing on improved energy efficiency and decreased environmental impact of its vessels.


Eimskip owns a majority share in European Transport Services B.V., a trucking company located in the Netherlands that specializes in reefer container haulage with a fleet of 20 trucks. The majority of these are equipped with a TRS system, an environmentally friendly transport refrigeration system where the engine of the truck provides power to the reefer container, resulting in much lower emissions than the conventional generators used to power reefer containers’ refrigeration equipment.

Eimskip operates about 140 trucks in Iceland, which are connected to a monitoring system for improved energy efficiency.

Eimskip operates mobile harbor cranes connected directly to external electrical power at two of the Company’s terminals in Iceland: Reykjavík and Reydarfjördur on the east coast. They are from Gottwald and were originally designed to be able to run either on diesel engines or by being connected to an external, electrical power supply. The cranes use 1.2 MW power at 11 KV, which is similar to the requirements of a village of 500 to 700 inhabitants. Their operation is environmentally friendly since they produce no emissions when running on electrical power. By operating cranes with electricity, Eimskip reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) by 340 metric tons per year. This amounts to what a 17-hectare forest is able to bind on an annual basis. In addition, pollution from noise and dust is reduced at the terminals. Three new harbor cranes were taken into operation in 2015 and 2016 and all of them are fitted for an external, electrical power supply.


Most of the Company’s premises and storage facilities use electricity for lighting and operation of refrigeration systems and electrical loading stations. The harbor lighting also consumes electrical power. The main focus of 2016 was to obtain a full transparency regarding electrical power consumption and its distribution between various consumption units by streaming power data into the environmental database for analytical purposes, the aim being a further reduction of energy use.


In 2015, Eimskip decided to take a vast step forward in improving its overview of its ecological footprint by implementing its own electronic Environmental Management System using data analytics and connectivity solutions. These allow the Company to link together various categories of data collected from the entire supply chain. Crews and office personnel are now provided with high quality information on environmental performance in a user-friendly format.

Eimskip’s Environmental Management System utilizes the data collected from the various data sources in the supply chain. The system employs inbuilt predictive analytics, data preparation and user dashboards. This supports monitoring of the footprint throughout the supply chain, including all users, and indicates where improvements are needed. Data from the entire fleet is now streamed into one Company-designed data warehouse. Other emitters, including trucks and electrical power users, were also connected to the data warehouse in 2016.


Training crew members has been a crucial part of implementing the energy management solutions on the Company’s vessels and has resulted in a strong teamwork with goals for each week of the year. Specific training sessions have been carried out on the vessels in using a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) as a tool for efficiency improvement, in using the onboard energy management system and in working with fuel changeovers when sailing into ECA zones. The focus in 2017 is to continue training employees in energy management and in improved handling of waste.


Tax footprint

The economic value generated by Eimskip's operations in the year 2016 amounted to EUR 514.9 million, consisting of revenue, gain on sale of assets and finance income. The economic value has been contributed in many different ways to the societies in which the Company operates, such as through salaries to employees, payroll taxes to authorities, purchase of goods and services from suppliers, etc.

The total tax footprint of Eimskip amounted to EUR 48.3 million in the year 2016, of which EUR 18.5 million was borne by the Company and EUR 29.8 million was collected on behalf of local authorities.

The Company’s taxes borne include employment taxes in the amount of EUR 11.6 million, corporate income tax of EUR 2.8 million, property taxes of EUR 1.9 million, VAT of EUR 1.0 million and other expenses of EUR 1.2 million. Collected taxes include employment taxes borne by employees amounting to EUR 23.5 million and other collected expenses of EUR 6.3 million.