DUBAI UAE, June 6, 2022: Emirates is joining the theme of World Environment Day 2022 – Only One Earth, celebrated on June 5, with initiatives in the air and on the ground that make a big difference.
The airline’s environmental strategy focuses on reducing emissions, responsible consumption and the preservation of wildlife and habitats.
When it comes to the development of in-flight products and services, an in-house team of sustainability experts provides input from the earliest stages. In line with the waste management hierarchy, the team’s approach prioritizes waste prevention and then products are evaluated if they can be reused. Otherwise, it is recycled and the last option is its responsible disposal.
Under this leadership, plastic straws and stirrers have been replaced with paper and wooden alternatives from responsible sources. A customer favourite, Emirates’ comfortable and durable economy class blankets are made from 28 recycled plastic bottles each. Emirates will have saved 150 million single-use plastic items from landfills by the end of the year through these initiatives.
Emirates’ new economy class amenities kits introduced this year have also undergone sustainability reviews before they are launched on board. These reusable kits are made from washable kraft paper and contain durable travel essentials made from eco-friendly materials. The packaging used for the dental kit, socks and visors is made of 90% rice paper. The toothbrush is made from wheat straw and plastic, and the socks and visors are made from rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).
For Emirates’ younger customers, the airline’s free toy bags, baby toiletry bags and plush toys are also made from recycled plastic bottles. With the entire product life cycle in mind, the mobile tags for bags, kits and toys are made from recycled cardboard, and non-toxic soy-based inks have been selected for printing.
Emirates reviews every product on board to reduce resource consumption where possible. It works with a wide range of suppliers, sourcing locally or regionally where possible, to minimize the environmental impact of its supply chain. Suppliers are also assessed against the airline’s sustainable sourcing standards, i.e. the integration of social, ethical and environmental performance factors.
Economy class paper menus were replaced in April 2020 with digital menus, saving 44 tonnes of paper per month, reducing paper consumption and also supporting Emirates’ overall efforts to eliminate excess weight and save fuel and emissions. Instead, passengers view the menu on their phones via onboard wifi.
Where possible, Emirates explores all opportunities for upcycling and recycling. Glass and plastic bottles are sorted on board before being transported to a recycling plant in Dubai. As a result, Emirates and Emirates Flight Catering divert approximately 150,000 plastic bottles and 120 tonnes of glass from landfills each month.
Reduced emissions: Emirates is constantly committed to operating its fleet in the most efficient and responsible way possible, reducing its fuel consumption. In addition to its own operational efficiency efforts, its partnerships with air navigation service providers have also played a key role in implementing fuel and time efficient routes.
On the ground: Among other initiatives, Emirates is investing in solar power systems to generate clean electricity at its key facilities in Dubai, including the Emirates Engine Maintenance Centre, Emirates Flight Catering and, more recently, the Emirates Sevens Stadium. These facilities save more than 4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Additionally, Emirates will test an electric bus for six months starting next week to transport passengers from remote stations and will be able to travel up to 100 km on a single charge. These are completely carbon free and run on an intelligent energy saving system.
Preserving wildlife and habitats: Emirates also continued its tradition of supporting biodiversity and conservation.
For more than 20 years, Emirates has helped support a sustainable and balanced ecosystem at DDCR through a continuous investment of over AED28 million. Comprising almost 5% of Dubai’s total area, the DDCR protects the incredible flora and fauna of the dynamic ecosystem of the United Arab Emirates.
Emirates is also supporting the protection of Australian wilderness and bush through the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort, located in the World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains region.
As a major international aviation company, Emirates is committed to combating the illegal wildlife trade. He is a founding signatory to the 2016 Buckingham Palace Declaration and a member of the United for Wildlife Transport Task Force. Emirates has zero tolerance for transporting prohibited species, hunting trophies or any products associated with illegal wildlife activities.
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