Chat with Klappir: Falasteen Abu Libdeh
Falasteen Abu Libdeh works as a specialist at Eimskip and deals with the company's environmental issues, among other things. We recorded it in a short chat with Klappir and started by working on it according to whether Eimskip had set a clear environmental policy.
The answer is yes: "Eimskip is one of the largest workplaces in the country and we consider it important that companies of our size are exemplary," Falasteen answers without hesitation. Such companies should, of course, be leaders in environmental issues in the labor market.
"It is important that companies are aware of their impact on the environment and society and set a clear policy in these matters," she continues. "In November 2015, Eimskip signed a climate declaration, together with ninety-nine other companies and institutions, on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing negative environmental impacts through targeted measures and measuring results, and regularly publishes information on the situation.
Many years of early collaboration with Klappir
Eimskip has been working for years in collaboration with Klappir to reduce the ecological footprint of its operations, and with good results.
"Right from the start, we emphasized the electrification of the necessary collection and processing of environmental data in collaboration with Klappir Grænar Lausnir hf. We are proud of the results that have been achieved, but our carbon footprint has shrunk by 12% from 2015 to 2018. "
"We see electronic diaries, such as those offered by Klappir, as the future and we are very proud of this project that we worked on in collaboration with Klappir. By utilizing electronic diaries, we save crew time, reduce paper consumption and can use information in real time. "
The data is useful for us to monitor where we stand towards our environmental goals. Real-time data allows us to respond as quickly as needed. It also helps our crews monitor oil consumption, which is important in setting greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Falasteen states that Eimskip's main goal is to reduce the company's carbon footprint by 40% per unit transferred by 2030.
Acknowledges that he has not always been an environmentalist himself
Depending on whether she has always been concerned about the environment, Falasteen admits that this is not the case at all.
"It didn't really happen until I started working on this issue," she says with a smile. "I will always be grateful to Eimskip for trusting me in this big issue."
She says she is working to slowly and steadily adopt an environmentally friendly lifestyle in her daily life. "I have improved my waste sorting and try to avoid plastic. Then I always discuss the carbon footprint with my colleagues, friends and relatives when they need to travel. "
She says she is grateful to her experienced colleagues at Eimskip, many of whom have shared her extensive knowledge in the field of environmental issues. "Eimskip was one of the first companies in the country to formulate an environmental policy. That was in 1991. There is a lot of experience and knowledge here indoors, "she says.
Environmental goals that span the entire operation
Today, Eimskip's environmental efforts cover every aspect of its operations. Garbage disposal from ships is kept to a minimum; environmentally friendly bottom paint is used on ships; measurements are made of the vessels' efficiency in terms of fuel consumption in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; environmentally friendly lubricating oils are used on equipment adjacent to the sea; and two new container vessels are under construction in China, which will be much more environmentally friendly than the company's older vessels, including TIER III engines specially designed to reduce nitrogen emissions into the atmosphere. The development is therefore all in the right direction, says Falasteen. However, all companies, both here at home and internationally, must continue to do better, every day, to turn our societies away from ever-increasing pollution and towards a more environmentally friendly and sustainable future.
Falasteen ends the conversation on an optimistic note when asked how she sees Iceland in 2050.
"I hope we as a society are heading in the right direction," she said. "People have become much more aware of the environment and the negative effects of our lifestyle."
Photo of Falasteen: Friðrik Friðriksson