As part of its two-year green operations strategy, dnata, the world’s leading provider of aviation and travel services, continues to work towards its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and landfill waste by 20% by 2024.
Major recent company initiatives include continued significant investments in infrastructure, green ground support solutions and process improvements.
In June 2022, dnata announced that it will invest USD 100 million in green operations within two years to further improve global environmental efficiency.
Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group, said: “We are proud of the significant progress we have made in improving our environmental performance since announcing our strategic goals. With all the hard work and dedication, these programs help us make a difference in our global operations.
“We will continue to invest and work together with our partners to further reduce our environmental footprint.”
invest in renewable energy
dnata continues to invest heavily in renewable energy as part of its efforts to further improve global resource efficiency. This includes installing rooftop solar power systems at its existing facilities.
dnata has installed solar panels at its operations in Singapore and at the SnapFresh facility in Australia. These projects generate more than 4,300 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity annually, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 1.85 million kilograms. The first phase of installation of solar photovoltaic panels in Pakistan has also begun and is expected to generate 244,000 kWh of electricity per year. In addition, all electricity purchased in the UK and Ireland comes from renewable sources on the local grid.
In addition to solar power, dnata is investing in systems to capture and reuse condensate and rainwater from air-conditioning units at its existing and new facilities. These initiatives optimize water usage and associated costs.
dnata’s new 20,000-square-meter cargo facility in Iraq will begin operations in 2024 and will include environmentally sustainable features such as a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. This will collect, treat and store rainwater in underground tanks to supply the facility’s irrigation system as well as drinking water, saving 50% on water bills by 2025. The Philippines has also configured the system using the same technology, but collecting and recycling rainwater for drinking and washing purposes. The technology will also soon be implemented at dnata’s Singapore facility.
Due to the dry climate in the UAE, dnata installed a reverse osmosis unit at its cargo warehouse in Dubai to reuse condensate from the cooling system. This results in 5,000 liters of water being reused for washing and cleaning every day.
dnata has also launched a bottle-free drinking water system at its corporate headquarters, dnata travel centers and Alpha catering facilities, which will reduce plastic consumption and save over 95,000 liters of bottled water per year.
Retrofitting GSE fleet and using biofuels
dnata continues to invest in the electrification of its ground fleet and the use of biofuels where feasible to reduce emissions. More than 15 percent of the company’s global fleet is now electrified. dnata continues to support its global airport partners in preparing infrastructure for further electrification.
dnata understands that electrification is not the only solution for its ground fleet strategy. It carefully considers the airport’s climatic conditions and available infrastructure, and invests in multiple equipment types, including biodiesel, electric, hydrogen and hybrid, to maximize global environmental and operational efficiency.
dnata is adding five new hybrid deicing vehicles to its ground support equipment (GSE) fleet in 2022 as part of a key role to play during Switzerland’s busy winter season. This increases the number of electric GSEs it has in operation in the country to 35%. In the Netherlands, dnata switched its entire conventional GSE fleet to 100% biofuels in January 2023, marking another milestone in its sustainability journey in Amsterdam, where 55% of its fleet is electric.
Reduce landfill waste
To reduce its carbon footprint through means other than emissions, dnata plans to reduce landfill waste and work with industry leaders and policy makers on international food and beverage waste. To enhance the sorting and recycling of airside recyclables, dnata is working closely with the airport community to divert 20% of waste from landfill by 2024. In addition, dnata is investing in sustainable solutions for freight waste, such as belts and netting for shipping that currently end up in landfill.
dnata Catering’s retail arm is also working closely with its airline partners to offer passengers on-board meal pre-orders. This reduces a lot of food waste, so airlines need to burn more fuel to transport heavier planes, reducing emissions. – trade arab news agency