Emirates Group releases 6th Annual Environmental Report

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Dhaka:
The Emirates Group, comprising Emirates airline and dnata, has published the
sixth annual environmental report in Dubai recently, outlining the Group’s
environmental performance for the financial year 2015-16.

The
report, audited by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), presents environmental
performance data and environmental sustainability initiatives from a range of
Group activities covering airline operations, dnata’s cargo and ground handling
businesses and other commercial activities on the ground such as engineering
and catering. In addition to presenting the overall environmental impact the
report aims to identify and feature best practices from across the Group’s
workforce.

“As
our business grows, we are ever conscious that we have a responsibility to the
communities we serve around the world. Aviation and travel services as an
industry can make a real contribution towards achieving the United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goals” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman
and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group. “As we head towards 2017,
agility will be the defining characteristic of our approach, both to react quickly
to challenges and to make the most of opportunities. Working together with our
partners across the industry, we will continue to invest in technologies and
processes that enable us to deliver our services effectively, efficiently, and
with the minimum environmental impact.”

Airline
operations constitute the main environmental impact of the Emirates Group.
Emirates operates one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the industry with an
average age of just 74 months compared with the industry average of 140 months
as of the end of the financial year. A modern widebody fleet not only delivers
environmental benefits with regards to lower engine and noise emissions but
also helps offer customers a higher level of comfort.

Emirates’
flight operations specialists continued to work with air traffic management
providers and airports around the world to deliver more efficient flight
routings and operational procedures to help reduce flight times, fuel
consumption and emissions. A number of operational improvements at Dubai
International Airport also helped improve the consistency of the airline’s
operations at its hub. However, regional volatility and airspace closure in
several regions due to security concerns had an adverse impact on fuel
consumption as a result of flights requiring longer flight paths to avoid these
areas.

One
of the most significant developments of the year was the installation of a one
megawatt array of solar photovoltaic panels at the state of the art Emirates
Engine Maintenance Centre in partnership with Dubai Electricity and Water
Authority (DEWA). The array is made up of 2,990 photovoltaic panels which are
expected to generate over 1,800 megawatt-hours of electricity every year,
helping save around 800 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.

Other
energy efficiency initiatives undertaken across the Emirates Group included the
replacement of lights used for aircraft cabin maintenance with energy saving
LED lights by Emirates Engineering and a comprehensive refurbishment of
Emirates’ London office with a focus on energy efficiency leading to an overall
reduction of 60% in electricity consumption. dnata’s cargo operations in
Brisbane and Sydney achieved a reduction in power consumption through energy
efficiency best practices and by upgrading their lighting systems.

In
addition to supporting ongoing wildlife conservation efforts in Dubai and
Australia, Emirates partnered with United for Wildlife to raise awareness about
the devastating effects that illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products is
having on the survival of some of the planet’s most endangered animals. United
for Wildlife is a global collaboration unifying the efforts of seven of the
world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Emirates literally took the
message against illegal wildlife trade to the world by installing special
livery featuring endangered wildlife on four Airbus A380 aircraft as well as on
a 1:3 scale model A380 installed on the roundabout at London Heathrow airport.

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