The Emirates Group has announced the release of its first comprehensive environmental report, a study that revealed the airline’s carbon dioxide emissions efficiency was 26% better than the global airline average.
Covering the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the audited report analysed environmental performance data from a range of Group activities, including airline operations, dnata’s cargo and ground handling businesses and a wide range of commercial activities on the ground – from engineering to catering.
The report’s aim is to understand the Group’s environmental impact, as well as identifying opportunities to improve and capture best practice across our 60,000 strong workforce.
In addition to the carbon dioxide emissions efficiency figure of 0.75kg per tonne-kilometre (TK) that was 26% better than IATA’s fleet average, other significant highlights in the report include:
= An airline fuel efficiency figure of 4.12 litres per 100 passenger-kilometres (PK).
= 3.3 million kilograms of on-board waste recycled by dnata and Emirates Flight Catering.
= dnata Freight Gate 5 opened as the first carbon neutral warehouse in the Middle East.
= 175,000 trees planted at the carbon neutral-certified Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa.
= Fauna and flora improvements via the sponsorship of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, which represents over 5% of Dubai’s land area.
= Benefits from the opening of the Dubai Metro station at Emirates Group Headquarters.
= Winner of the 2010 Middle East’s Responsible Tourism Award at the World Travel Awards.
“Emirates takes its commitment to the environment very seriously and strives to be an industry innovator and leader. The report is more than a snap-snot of the performance of the Group, it will act as a future measure of success in all we do,” said Andrew Parker, Senior Vice-President, Public, Industry, International and Environmental Affairs. “Be it the airline, dnata’s passenger handling, or at any of our facilities, Emirates is focused on maximising eco-efficiency to minimise our environmental footprint.”