Dnata has reduced waste generated from its ground services equipment (GSE) by 110 tonnes, and the company says iti s on track to reach its 250 tonne waste reduction target for the year.
The GSE waste recycling programme was launched this year and looks to recycle 140 pieces of equipment, leading to a bottom line impact of AED 13 million. So far, 80 GSEs have been renewed at Dnata's facilities in both of its Dubai hubs (DXB and DWC).
GSEs are typically replaces as they reach the end of their lifecycle. However, Dnata has found most GSE simply require a mechanical overhaul to be put back into service and doing so can extend the lifespan of equipment by up to 18 years.
“The GSE recycling programme provides us with a tangible way to reduce our carbon footprint at the source, rather than carbon offsetting as a way of merely clearing the corporate conscience,” says Gary Chapman, President, Dnata. “It has been rewarding to see the impact of this initiative, and it is the start of many initiatives dnata has in the pipeline to bring about a change in the way we use resources, in our effort to promote sustainability. We are getting creative and innovative when collaborating with our equipment suppliers, to seek more environmental efficiencies for our fleet,” he adds.
Dnata's other sustainability initiatives include the conversion of all forklifts in dnata’s cargo operations to electric. Out of a fleet of 102 forklifts in Dubai, currently, already 73 are electric, with the rest being diesel powered. The plan is to replace all current diesel forklifts by the end of 2017 with electric alternatives. This would reduce the carbon footprint at Dnata’s cargo operations by 80 percent, generating a fuel savings (consumption) of 200,000 litres per year, and CO2 emissions reduction of 47 tonnes per year. Globally, over 300 pieces of environmentally-friendly electric tow trucks, forklifts, conveyor belts and push back tractors are in dnata’s operations today and this number is on the rise.
In May 2017, all of Dnata's leadership team also replaced their fleet of company-provided vehicles with Lexus hybrid cars supplied by Al-Futtaim. Of the senior executives in the leadership team, 21 now drive hybrid cars with 50 percent lower CO2 emissions compared to regular vehicles in the same category, resulting in fuel savings of 1,200 to 1,500 tonnes over 5 years.