dnata Unveils Further Global Green Initiatives

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Image of dnata's solar power systems at its Singapore facilities

dnata, a renowned global air and travel services provider, remains steadfast in its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and waste as part of its ambitious two-year green operations strategy.

With a focus on infrastructure investment, green ground support solutions, and process improvement, dnata continues to make significant strides in achieving its sustainability goals.

In June 2022, dnata announced a remarkable investment of US$100 million in green operations over two years aimed at further enhancing its global environmental efficiency.

Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group, expressed pride in the company's progress, attributing it to the dedication and hard work of the entire team. He acknowledged their contributions to dnata's green initiatives, emphasising the positive impact they make across the organisation's global operations. Allen affirmed dnata's commitment to ongoing investments and collaborative efforts with partners to reduce their environmental footprint.

Investing in Renewable Energy

To improve resource efficiency on a global scale, dnata has continued to make significant investments in renewable energy. The installation of rooftop solar power systems across existing facilities is one such initiative. Notably, dnata has successfully installed solar panels in Singapore and its SnapFresh facility in Australia, generating over 4,300 MWh of renewable electricity annually and saving approximately 1.85 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions. Additionally, a solar PV panel installation in Pakistan is underway and is expected to generate 244,000 kWh per year. In the UK and Ireland, all electricity purchased comes from local grids that rely on renewables.

Water Conservation Efforts

In addition to harnessing solar power, dnata is investing in systems to collect and reuse condensate from air conditioning units and rainwater at both existing and new facilities. These initiatives optimise water usage and reduce associated costs.

The forthcoming 20,000m2 cargo facility in Iraq, scheduled to commence operations in 2024, will feature environmentally sustainable elements, including a rooftop rainwater harvesting system. By capturing, treating, and storing rainwater in underground tanks, the facility aims to achieve a 50% reduction in water costs by 2025 while supporting irrigation systems and potable uses. Similar technology is being implemented in the Philippines for rainwater collection and recycling purposes, and it will soon be applied at dnata's Singapore facilities.

In Dubai, where water scarcity is a concern, dnata has installed a Reverse Osmosis Plant to repurpose condensate water from cooling systems in its cargo warehouses. This initiative enables the reuse of 5,000 litres of water per day for washing and cleaning purposes.

Transforming Ground Support Equipment and Embracing Biofuels

dnata is actively investing in the electrification of its ground-handling fleet and using biofuels where feasible to minimise emissions. Over 15% of the company's global fleet has already transitioned to electric power. dnata takes into account various factors, such as airport infrastructure and climatic conditions, when determining equipment types, incorporating a mix of biodiesel, electric, hydrogen, and hybrid solutions to maximise environmental and operational efficiency.

In Switzerland, dnata has introduced five new hybrid de-icing trucks to its ground support equipment fleet, further increasing the proportion of electric vehicles to 35%. In the Netherlands, dnata achieved another milestone by transitioning its entire legacy ground support equipment fleet to 100% biofuel in January 2023. This notable achievement contributes to Amsterdam's sustainable journey, with 55% of dnata's fleet now running on electricity.

Reducing Waste and Promoting Responsible Practices

Reducing waste to landfill is a crucial focus for dnata. Collaborating with industry leaders and policymakers, the company is actively exploring solutions for treating international catering waste. Moreover, dnata is working closely with airport communities to enhance waste segregation and retrieval

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