DUBAI, fifth June, 2023 (WAM) — Marking the World Setting Day, dnata, a number one world air and journey providers supplier, continues its efforts to satisfy its pledge of decreasing its carbon footprint and waste to landfill by 20 p.c by 2024 as a part of its two-year inexperienced operations technique.
The corporate’s latest key initiatives embody continued important funding in infrastructure, inexperienced floor assist options and course of enchancment.
Held yearly on June fifth, World Setting Day brings collectively tens of millions of individuals to have a good time environmental motion and encourage governments, companies and people to create a extra sustainable world.
In June 2022, dnata introduced that it might make investments US$100 million in inexperienced operations in two years to additional improve its world environmental effectivity globally.
Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group, stated, “We’re proud to have made important progress on enhancing our environmental efficiency for the reason that announcement of our strategic targets. I thank every member of our staff for his or her arduous work and contribution to our inexperienced initiatives that assist us make a distinction throughout our world operations.
“We are going to proceed our investments and efforts alongside our companions to additional cut back our environmental footprint,” he added.
Investing in renewable vitality
As a part of its efforts to additional enhance world useful resource effectivity, dnata has continued to make important investments in renewable vitality. This consists of the set up of rooftop solar energy techniques throughout its current services.
dnata has put in photo voltaic panels at its working services in Singapore, and at its SnapFresh facility in Australia. These generate over 4,300 MWh of renewable electrical energy yearly, saving roughly 1.85 million kilogrammes of carbon dioxide emissions. Part 1 of a photo voltaic PV panel set up in Pakistan additionally commenced, which is anticipated to generate 244,000 kWh every year. Moreover, all electrical energy bought within the UK and Eire is from renewables from native grids.
Along with solar energy, dnata is investing in techniques to gather and re-use condensate from air-con models and rainwater at each of its current and new services. These initiatives optimise water utilization and related prices.
dnata’s new 20,000m2 cargo facility in Iraq, which is able to start operations in 2024, will embody environmentally sustainable options together with a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. This can seize, deal with and retailer rainwater in underground tanks, feeding irrigation techniques throughout the facility in addition to for potable makes use of, reaching a 50 p.c saving on water prices by 2025. The system has additionally been configured within the Philippines utilizing the identical expertise, however to gather and recycle rainwater for ingesting and washing functions. This expertise may even shortly be carried out at dnata’s Singapore services.
With the UAE’s dry local weather, dnata has put in a Reverse Osmosis Plant to re-use condensate water from the cooling techniques in its cargo warehouses in Dubai. This has resulted in 5,000 litres of water per day being reused for laundry and cleansing.
dnata additionally launched a bottle-free ingesting water system at its Company Headquarters, dnata Journey Centre and Alpha catering services, which is able to cut back plastic consumption and preserve over 95,000 litres of bottled water per 12 months.
Reworking GSE fleet and utilizing biofuels
dnata continues to put money into the electrification of its floor dealing with fleet, and using biofuels the place possible, to scale back emissions. Greater than 15 p.c of the corporate’s world fleet is now electrified. dnata is constant to assist its world airport companions to organize the infrastructure for additional electrification.
dnata understands that electrification is just not the one answer to its floor dealing with fleet technique. It rigorously considers airports’ weather conditions and obtainable infrastructure, and invests in a mixture of tools varieties, together with biodiesel, electrical, hydrogen and hybrid to maximise environmental and operational effectivity globally.
As a part of the essential function that it performs throughout busy winter operations in Switzerland, dnata added 5 new hybrid de-icing vans to its floor assist tools (GSE) fleet in 2022. This elevated the variety of electrical GSE in its operations within the nation to 35 p.c. In The Netherlands, dnata switched to one hundred pc biofuel for all its legacy GSE fleet in January 2023, marking one other milestone in its sustainable journey in Amsterdam, the place 55 p.c of its fleet is electrical.
Decreasing waste to landfill
With a purpose to cut back its carbon footprint in methods aside from emissions, dnata is set to scale back waste to landfill, and is collaborating with trade leaders and policymakers on the remedy of worldwide catering waste. In shut co-ordination with the airport group to boost the segregation and retrieval of recyclables airside, dnata is concentrating on a 20 p.c diversion of waste from landfill by 2024. As well as, dnata is investing in sustainable options for cargo waste supplies, akin to transport belts and nets which might be at the moment destined for landfill.
dnata Catering’s retail division can also be working carefully with its airline companions, introducing the pre-ordering of passenger inflight meals. This cuts important meals wastage, and subsequently the necessity for airways to burn bigger portions of gasoline to move heavier plane, decreasing emissions.
IATA’s IEnvA Programme
In December 2022, dnata signed as much as the IATA Environmental Evaluation (IEnvA) programme, primarily based on globally recognised environmental and sustainability requirements, in addition to trade greatest practices. It’s a dedication to repeatedly enhance environmental sustainability throughout the aviation area and is targeted particularly on dnata’s core operations. These embody cargo dealing with services, catering, freight forwarders, and ramp handlers. dnata is working in the direction of full certification previous to the tip of 2023.
United Nations International Influence
dnata additionally joined the United Nations International Compact (UNGC), a voluntary world initiative that promotes accountable enterprise practices, and the development of the Sustainable Improvement Objectives. dnata has dedicated to implement the Ten Ideas of the UNGC within the areas of human rights, labour, setting, and anti-corruption. dnata will profit from entry to the UNGC’s intensive instruments and sources to interact with its staff throughout the globe and enhance their studying and coaching in Sustainability.
dnata is a number one world air and journey providers supplier. Established in 1959, the corporate gives high quality and secure floor dealing with, cargo, journey, catering and retail providers in 38 nations throughout six continents. Within the monetary 12 months 2022-23, dnata’s customer-oriented groups dealt with over 710,000 plane turns, moved over 2.7 million tonnes of cargo, uplifted 111.4 million meals, and recorded a complete transaction worth (TTV) of journey providers of US$ 1.9 billion.