Dubai-based air and travel services provider, dnata, has said that it would invest US$ 100 million in green operations over the next two years.
It said that its ongoing investment in infrastructure, equipment and process improvement will help it reduce its carbon footprint by 20 per cent by 2024, and by 50 per cent by 2030.
Dnata has already installed renewable energy features, such as solar panels, heat recovery units and electric vehicle charging, at its existing facilities in the UK, Singapore and Ireland.
It has also incorporated carbon reduction initiatives in the construction and operation of its recently announced cargo centres in The Netherlands and Iraq.
With regards to its fleet planning, dnata says that it has increased investments in electric and hybrid ramp, ground support (GSE) and forklift equipment, and refurbished existing GSE with new technologies to decrease emissions. It added that it has therefore become the first ground handler to successfully complete green aircraft turnarounds using only zero-emission GSE in the USA and UAE.
Dnata’s noted that its catering team is working closely with its airline customers to analyse consumption trends and use predictive data to optimise the loading of F&B for in-flight catering. Analysis of on-board data not only reduces food waste but also fuel burn associated with carrying excess weight.
Earlier this year, it committed to reducing its waste to landfills by 20 per cent by 2024.
In the financial year 2021-22, dnata’s teams handled over 527,000 aircraft turns, moved 3 million tonnes of cargo, and lifted 39.9 million meals, recording a total transaction value (TTV) of travel services of US$632 million.
“We’ve been making great progress on reducing our carbon footprint, minimising waste and reducing energy and water consumption across our operations. We will further increase our investments and efforts in strong cooperation with our partners to achieve our targets and preserve the environment for current and future generations,” said Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group.