dnata announces $100 million investment in green operations
dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, announced that it will invest $100 million in green operations over the next two years to further improve environmental efficiency across its global network. The company’s continued investments in improving infrastructure, equipment and processes will help it achieve its strategic goals and reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2024 and 50% by 2030.
Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group, said: “We have made great strides in reducing our carbon footprint, reducing waste and reducing energy and water consumption across our operations. . We will further increase our investments and efforts in close cooperation with our partners to achieve our goals and preserve the environment for current and future generations.
Invest in infrastructure and equipment with carbon reduction initiatives at the forefront
Over the past few years, dnata has invested heavily in advanced technologies to optimize resources and improve the operational efficiency of its facilities. It has installed renewable energy devices, such as solar panels, heat recovery units and electric vehicle charging, at its existing facilities in the UK, Singapore and Ireland. The company will also integrate carbon reduction initiatives into the construction and operation of its recently announced new cargo hubs in the Netherlands and Iraq.
Choosing green options is also a primary consideration in dnata’s fleet planning. It increased its investments in electric and hybrid ramps, ground support equipment (GSE) and forklifts, and refurbished existing GSEs with new technologies to further reduce emissions and update them according to the latest safety and quality standards. As a result, dnata became the first ground handler to successfully fly green aircraft rotations using only zero-emission GSEs in the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Reduce food waste by analyzing consumer trends
dnata’s catering team has invested in improving processes to minimize its environmental footprint. It works closely with many of its airline customers to analyze consumer trends and use predictive data to optimize F&B loading for in-flight catering. On-board data analysis not only reduces food waste, but also fuel consumption associated with carrying excess weight. In addition, whenever possible, dnata catering sources and supplies local products in order to reduce the food miles associated with menus.
dnata has also taken initiatives in its business units to save water consumption and recycle materials, such as paper, plastic, cardboard, wood, glass, metal, cooking oils and mineral oils. used. Earlier this year, the company pledged to reduce its waste to landfill by 20% by 2024.
Promote sustainable travel
dnata has integrated its environmental framework into its broad travel business, with the goal of empowering customers to make better travel choices. Its business services include hybrid event solutions, sustainable travel policy advice, and carbon emissions monitoring and reporting, aligned with global standards.
dnata Travel Group in the UK has invested in green technologies and introduced new business practices to improve environmental efficiency. It switched to renewable energy to draw all electricity from green sources in all its offices, eliminated single-use plastic (SUP) from its operations, reduced its paper consumption by 4 million pages per year thanks to to its “paperless office” initiative and has implemented a zero-to-landfill policy to ensure that all non-recyclable waste is sent to waste-to-energy facilities for treatment. Additionally, it has replaced 80% of its fleet with electric or hybrid cars with the goal of operating a fully green fleet by 2024.
Mobilizing global teams to make a difference
dnata engages and mobilizes its employees through its corporate social responsibility program, dnata4good, to make a positive difference. Last May, hundreds of dnata employees around the world joined and took part in the company’s “dnata clean up the world” initiative. dnata volunteers have cleaned up beaches, rivers, canals and parks in dozens of countries around the world.
dnata provides ground handling, cargo, travel, catering and retail services in 36 countries on six continents. In fiscal year 2021-22, dnata’s customer-focused teams handled more than 527,000 aircraft turnarounds, moved 3 million tons of cargo, transported 39.9 million meals, and recorded total transaction value ( TTV) of travel services of $632 million.