Our Planet

Our Planet

Our Environmental Pledge
Our Operations
Green Innovation
Green Power
Our Suppliers
Moving from Supply Chain to Value Chain
What We Have Done
Where We Are Going

As shared in 2021, our priority remains the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions and the impact of these on our climate. Our learnings since then have shown us the full spectrum of environmental issues related to our business, and as the saying goes: “The more you know, the more you realise you don't know.” So, we continue to explore and embrace novel approaches and innovative solutions to reduce our environmental impact. 

In this section, we're excited to give you an inside look at what we're doing to tackle various environmental topics. From using green power to embracing innovation, we're committed to taking action that reduces the environmental footprint of our operations. We also believe in extending our high environmental standards to our value chain, including our suppliers, to create a sustainable future for everyone.

Our Environmental Pledge

At Samskip, we are not just talking about sustainability; we are living it. We are relentless in our pursuit of delivering on our promises, and everyone at Samskip is striving and determined to integrate sustainability at the core of our business. We have a vision of where we want to go and are becoming more aware of the issues associated with our operations. We are always researching and learning, striving to minimise our environmental footprint and contribute to a sustainable future for all. 

We believe in a model of economic development that respects the limits of the Earth and the perspectives of future generations. But it is not enough to talk about sustainability; we all need to take action. We are excited to share our highlights for 2022 with you.

We doubled the number of vessels using 100% biofuels to four, saving 89% of CO2e per vessel compared to traditional fossil fuels.

We railed over 4000 containers on our new train routes from Duisburg in Germany to Katrineholm and Nynashamn in Sweden, which would have been trucked before.

We received the EcoVadis Gold medal for Samskip Multimodal, with a score that places us in the top 2% of most sustainable companies among our peers. This is a great achievement following the Silver medal that we received the year before.

Our Operations

As a major player in the transportation industry, we are acutely aware of the environmental challenges that come with it. It is time to double down on our efforts to mitigate our impact. Due to the nature of our operations, we recognise that we hold a powerful position to encourage our partners to join us in reducing emissions. We commit fully to endorsing this role.

With innovative solutions and new technologies emerging constantly, we are dedicated to a significantly more ambitious carbon reduction schedule that is mandated by the Science Based Targets Initiative, reducing our emissions by at least 50% by 2030 and fully decarbonising our operations by 2040. As we move towards these goals, we must diversify our opportunities and remain vigilant in our performance monitoring.

Although GHG emissions remain our primary concern, we must dedicate attention to other issues as well. Environmental performance criteria must drive our operations to protect land and marine ecosystems. Circularity is the next logical step in that direction. We work hard to ensure our waste management allows us to reuse, recycle and treat all the waste generated.

Despite many unknowns, we strive to be the pioneering leader in developing and innovating sustainable freight transport.


Two words describing the climate crisis are: global and urgent.

The urgency of climate change is asserted by clear signs of globally spread impacts on Earth’s ecosystems. We encourage our readers to look at the last report from the IPCC, which is fuelling our determination when working towards a better Samskip.

We at Samskip think it is important that the sustainability report section on our climate strategy reflects these aspects:


The description of Samskip’s strategy, actions, and emissions should follow international frameworks and be consolidated to allow everyone to understand the information provided.

This is why our internal processes, and this section of the report, are aligned with the ISO 14083 and, by definition, based on the GHG Protocol methodology and the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) framework.

By updating stakeholders on the efforts made of each scope (1, 2 & 3), Samskip hopes to demonstrate a credible and science-based strategy.


Every year gets us closer to more global environmental disasters directly resulting from climate change.

Every year, Samskip will share detailed information supported by scientific data to keep our stakeholders well informed.

This part of the report will draw the climate advances and categorise them into the three scopes as defined in the GHG Protocol.

Measuring Samskip's emissions

Samskip’s carbon footprinting system is our compass. With it, we avoid getting lost at sea. The more precise the tool is, the more chance of reaching the destination. Using primary fuel data, combined with default data where necessary, we calculate an accurate picture of Samskip’s emissions, and the efficiency of implemented reduction initiatives.

During 2023, we are committed to updating our carbon footprinting methodology, which will also be integrated into our IT systems, including MySamskip Customer Portal. This new methodology will be aligned with the new ISO14083 standards on carbon footprinting.

The emissions provided aggregate with the data from the Global Logistics Emission Council.

Why ISO14083?

ISO14083 will allow us to harmonise the quantification methods and reporting criteria of emissions from transport operations in our value chain; it will facilitate aggregation processes and will enhance transparency and comparability. The use of this standard will allow Samskip to be in line with the framework proposed by the GLEC, a universal method for logistics emissions accounting[2].

CO2e Emissions
2022 2020 (base year)
Scope 1 289,807 tons of CO2e 323,804 tons of CO2e
Scope 2 (location based) 1,216 tons of CO2e 1,815 tons of CO2e

What is illustrated here are Samskip’s actions towards CO2e emissions reduction by scope of emissions to facilitate the understanding of the expected of results on the reduction strategy. Scope 3 measures are mentioned in the sub-section Our Suppliers.

Scope 1


The GHG Protocol describes scope 1 emissions as direct GHG emissions occurring from sources owned or controlled by the company. 

What Samskip has done and is doing to reduce direct CO2e emissions from its operations:

Mobile combustion – Company-owned or leased vehicles

Samskip fully integrates green logistics into its core business model to become a pioneering leader. The most impactful transition will come from the path and speed at which low-carbon technologies will replace fossil-fuelled vessels and trucks. The plan is set to transform Samskip’s fleet completely with low-carbon technologies by investing in green power and green innovation. In a previous chapter discussing green logistics, we have touched upon this transition. Why can’t the change go faster? Several factors slow the transition: the price of new technologies, the availability of technology, and the prices of services offered to customers. However, Samskip is a transportation company and always delivers!

Stationary combustion – Natural gas and other fuels

Samskip’s offices in Iceland and Norway are fossil fuel-free, running purely on a combination of renewable energies. The objective is to make all Samskip offices zero carbon and highly energy efficient.

Scope 2


Scope 2 accounts for CO2e emissions from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by Samskip (GHG Protocol).

What Samskip has done and is doing to promote clean energy:

Energy consumption
  • Two roads, one destination – energy efficiency and carbon reduction will allow Samskip to reduce the footprint of its electricity consumption.
Energy efficiency measures
  • SRM35+ glass (carbon cutting glass reducing the need for air conditioning).
Carbon reduction measures
  • 100% of electricity purchased is renewable in 18 of our locations worldwide.
  • 35% of our offices are using renewable electricity.

The road ahead

With the systematisation of our carbon reporting, we can launch our reduction strategy in line with Science-Based Targets and embark on the journey to Net Zero by 2040. To contribute to the objectives of limiting temperature increases established by the Paris Agreement, we will develop and commit to mid-term and long-term reduction targets by 2024.

GHG emissions reduced as a direct result of reduction initiatives -10%
Scopes in which reductions took place Scope 1, fuel consumption
Initiatives leading to GHG emissions reduction 4 vessels running on 100% ISCC-certified marine biofuels from sustainable feedstock.


Waste management

Samskip does not waste any opportunity to protect the planet. The principles of circularity are integrated, one step at a time, by implementing measures of reduction, recycling, and adequate treatment. Samskip’s waste management system includes the following:

  • A waste classification system facilitating the treatment and recycling of different waste flows.
  • A waste sorting system, supported in Iceland by a waste sorting station.
    Unsorted: 819.008 kg
    217.180 kg
  • A food waste policy encouraging employees to limit their uneaten or unused foods.

Because of the environmental impact of waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Samskip pays attention to its proper treatment. Thus, in 2022, Samskip sent 198 electronic devices, including 95 laptops and 37 desktops, to be dismantled and the parts recycled and treated.

Waste Generation
2022 2021
Total amount of waste 9.770.382* kilograms 889.589 kilograms
Total amount of hazardous waste 0 0
Breakdown of waste by treatment method Disclaimer: we have not assessed the treatment method or the category of waste in 2022.
* Samskip collected this data from 51% of its sites. In 2021 the information reported was covering only our Icelandic operation
Samskip employees visiting the waste sorting station in Iceland

Water resources

Water use

Samskip closely monitors water consumption, identifies potential reduction areas, and adjusts usage accordingly. Samskip’s water management system includes:

Water consumption
2022 2021
Total water consumption in the offices 124.358* m3 122.274 m3
Total water withdrawal from all areas Disclaimer: we have not assessed the amount of water withdrawn in 2022.
* Samskip collected this data from 51% of its sites
Ballast water

Because the water used in ballast tanks to stabilise the vessels is collected and discharged in different places, ballast water management is essential in limiting marine transportation’s ecological impact. To avoid disrupting ecosystems, Samskip has installed filters on 100% of its owned vessels, which ensures organisms are not transferred from one environment to another. 

Green Innovation

As we have already discussed in the section Sustainability at Samskip, green logistics is at the heart of what we do, along with the decisions we make and our investments. It is the direct result of incorporating sustainability into the core of our business model as multimodal logistics specialists.

Determined to stay the course and stay ahead as an innovator in green logistics, we continue to put significant resources into numerous projects to improve our services' sustainably. We are also constantly looking for partnerships that will allow us to benefit from the best practices developed by experts in the different fields of logistics—all for one, one for all.

Let’s go into more detail about the technologies, practices, and processes that make up green logistics and the integration advances of Samskip.

Green Power

The energy we use

Energy Consumption
Total energy from electricity consumption 15.863.997* kWh (offices)
* Samskip collected this data from 73% of its sites
Number of vessels run on 100% biofuel
Number of vessels run on LNG

Hydrogen-fuelled SeaShuttle container ship

In line with Samskip’s ambitions of Making green logistics easy, significant funds and hard work are dedicated to taking the lead role in the SeaShuttle project. Through this initiative, the delivery of two hydrogen-powered, remotely controlled, and autonomous-ready containerships are expected to run by 2025. These emission-free vessels will then join the effort to create a ‘green corridor’ between Norway and The Netherlands. Samskip is looking forward to taking the helm and steering the sector towards green logistics.

Samskip SeaShuttle, hydrogen-powered vessels, sailing into Rotterdam in 2025.

Biofuel usage in marine vessels and HVO trucks: The power of cooking oil and residual waste

Marine transportation of goods accounts for 2-3% of global CO2 emissions, 4-9% of SOx emissions, and 10-15% of NOx emissions. Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO), Marine Diesel Oil (MDO), and Marine Gas Oil (MGO) are the most commonly used fuels for merchant vessels and release high quantities of sulphur and GES when used. Biofuels are low sulphur and low CO2e emitting propellants. However, the main challenge remains the supply of biofuel. Samskip has ensured biofuel supply to have 4 vessels run exclusively on this alternative. These biofuels made up 25% of Samskip’s total marine fuel usage in 2022.

The biofuels we use are 100% ISCC-certified, made from sustainable waste streams, and have proven to be a successful substitute for conventional marine fuels as part of our operations between the Netherlands, the UK, and Ireland. In addition, our biofuels supplier, GoodFuels, is supporting our efforts to rapidly extend the use of these biofuels. GoodFuels' second-generation sustainable biofuels consist of certified feedstock labelled waste or residue. Using these alternative fuels means no land-use issues, no competition with food production, or deforestation.

As a pioneer, it is important for us to lead the way through early adoption and create a path for other transporters ambitioning to join global sustainability efforts.


Rail freight by Samskip is 100% electrified. The network we use to substitute trucks to move cargo is fully electric. Logistically, switching from road to rail and vice-versa easily allows Samskip to optimise its route by using each mode’s main advantages: speed, price, and energy efficiency for rail and better access to delivery locations by road. In addition, Samskip has been using this flexibility to enhance its environmental performance by substituting trucks for trains as much as possible, considering the availability of a rail network.

Our Suppliers

Moving From Supply Chain to Value Chain

At Samskip, we believe that sustainability is a shared responsibility. We understand that our supply chain contributes significantly to our emissions; thus, we collaborate with a diverse range of suppliers and partners in various locations worldwide to promote sustainable practices and operations. We aim to create a value chain by incorporating sustainability principles throughout creating and delivering value to our customers. We evaluate suppliers for their sustainability practices from environmental and social perspectives and identify opportunities to support their development wherever feasible. At Samskip, we are committed to building a sustainable future, one step and supplier at a time.

What We Have Done 

Our approach to supplier audits 2022

We strive to achieve operational excellence while minimising our negative impact on our environment and society. Therefore, it is essential to have strict selection criteria to ensure that our new and existing suppliers align with our priorities and vision. As part of this supplier checking process, we evaluate the following aspects: Strategic fit, financial fit, quality & sustainability, legal fit, and cultural fit.  

We conduct audits on our suppliers and track their standards and certifications, such as ISO14001 and ISO9001. In addition, depending on the category and type of supplier, we conduct multiple audits a year concerning aspects such as business ethics, human rights, environmental sustainability, and quality.  

We have two supporting mechanisms in place that help us monitor the compliance of current suppliers and the fit of potential new suppliers:

1. Supplier Code of Conduct


As the sustainable business landscape evolves, so should our expectations for companies we engage in business with. So, in 2022, we updated our Supplier Code of Conduct.  It now has an increased focus on sustainability in the broadest sense of the word, covering topics on environmental and social sustainability, and business ethics.

We take compliance seriously, and our Supplier Code of Conduct covers all crucial areas, such as business integrity, labour practices, health and safety, and environmental management. The Code lays out our expectations for suppliers to align with our core principles of business sustainability, mainly prioritising Environment, People, Customers, and Quality. We also require suppliers to follow international frameworks, including the United Nations Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the International Labour Organisation's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights on Work (ILOD).

To ensure that we are all on the same page, we attach the Code to all contracts and require suppliers to agree to these requirements. Our approach guarantees that everyone involved works together to achieve sustainability practices that benefit society. 

2. CSR Questionnaire


We value our relationship with suppliers and strive to work together with them and our network of stakeholders to improve our sustainability efforts. To achieve this, we continuously monitor our progress and gather information about suppliers' practices through a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Questionnaire. We track our progress and collect data about suppliers' practices through a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Questionnaire. This tool assesses our suppliers' ethical, social, and environmental performance, both present and (potentially) future.  

In 2022, we sent the questionnaire to our top 25 suppliers (accounting 50% of our direct operating spend). The results are promising showing that overall 

  • 63% of our suppliers have an investment plan towards green technologies.
  • 68% of our suppliers have available ESG targets.
  • 100% of our suppliers have a Health & Safety policy in place. 

Where We Are Going

Corrective actions 

Corrective action is of utmost importance for Samskip. It enables problem resolution, enhances customer satisfaction, improves operational efficiency, mitigates risks, and ensures compliance with regulations and our standards from suppliers. By implementing practical corrective actions, we can achieve a robust and resilient supply chain that focuses on our mission of sustainable service delivery.  

Measuring the performance of our top suppliers was the first step in expanding impact outside of our direct span of control. We are now working on defining roadmaps to take these in collaboration with our suppliers. As part of Samskip’s dedication to pioneering in our industry, we focus on sharing best practices and working with our partners to improve the overall sustainability agenda. After all, by working together, we are all winning together.  

Survey strategic partners
Define roadmap
Analysis on results
Define improvement areas
Set up timeline
Collaborate and take action
Execute roadmap
Create lasting results
Strengthen partnership

We are not stopping here. Our goal for 2023 is to send the questionnaire to our top 100 suppliers (accounting for 80% of our total spend) and continue widening our ability to address improvement areas throughout our supply chain. 

Scope 3 reduction

Last but not least is our mission to reduce our Scope 3 emissions. Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that result from a company's activities but occur outside of its direct control, such as emissions from producing raw materials or using a company's products. These emissions can significantly impact the environment 

As a responsible player in the multimodal transportation industry, we are fully aware of our share of responsibility regarding our customers' Scope 3 emissions. But we must also consider the consequences of our indirect activities, both upstream and downstream, in our value chain. Being in the multimodal transportation industry, we know we are responsible for many of our customers' Scope 3 emissions.  

At Samskip, we are taking action to collaborate with our value chain to reduce our indirect CO2e emissions. We are constantly striving to make a tangible impact, working tirelessly to protect our planet for future generations:

Category 7

Employee commuting: 20+ electric car charging stations are available globally to encourage employees to commute with electric or hybrid vehicles.

Coupled with this, Samskip offers additional allowance for employees choosing for an electric car.

As our emphasis remains on overall reductions, Samskip communicates on and facilitates the choice to cycle, take public transport, or carpool when possible.

Data reliability is an important topic when measuring Scope 3 emissions. Being aware of this, Samskip is collaborating with its suppliers and various industry associations to gather, calculate, and report its Scope 3 emissions.

2022 2020 (base year)
Gross Scope 3 GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent Disclaimer: we have not assessed our scope 3 emissions in 2022. In 2023, we will work on a new GHG calculation solution to initiate the measurement of Scope 3 emissions, incorporating the best practices of our industry. 113,021 tons of CO2e
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