Ground Handling

dnata announces significant progress in sustainability efforts

dnata announces significant progress in sustainability efforts
CEO Steve Allen said "it's encouraging to see the tangible impact" of dnata's investments on its "environmental performance" (Image credit: dnata)

dnata has cut the carbon intensity of its airport operations, travel and catering businesses by more than 8 per cent, 22 per cent and 26 per cent respectively over the last 12 months, the company announced this week.

In the last year, the ground services provider has also diverted waste from landfill across its global operations by up to 65 per cent.

dnata attributes these environmental mitigations to its investments in renewable infrastructure, equipment, training and alternative fuel options.

The company stated it has achieved significant improvements across key environmental performance metrics in the recently ended financial year.

Steve Allen, dnata CEO, said: “It’s encouraging to see the tangible impact of our global investments and initiatives on our environmental performance.

“While we keep a laser focus on sustainability in every decision we make, we recognise that achieving meaningful results requires a collective effort and flexible approach from multiple stakeholders.

“In some cases, the availability of alternative fuels such as electric and biofuels is moving slower than we would like,” he continued.

“We will continue to actively engage with our partners to explore and implement practical solutions that enable us to replace energy sources with lower carbon alternatives and minimise waste sent to landfills.”

dnata’s ground handling, cargo, travel, and catering and retail businesses measure direct and indirect emissions related to the number of flight turnarounds and revenue to enable comparison and year-on-year improvement.

The company’s environmental data for the 2023-24 financial year has been externally verified by Verifavia.

Compared to the 2022-23 financial year, dnata’s carbon intensity measured in kilograms of CO₂ equivalent emissions per aircraft turnaround has reduced by 8.4 per cent  for its ground handling and cargo businesses.

Meanwhile, its carbon intensity measured in grams of CO₂ equivalent emissions compared to revenue for its catering and travel businesses has reduced by 26.3 per cent and 22.5 per cent, respectively. 

The ground services provider diverted 65 per cent of waste from landfill across its operations globally.

Today the company is investing in developing a more sustainable GSE fleet to improve environmental efficiency.

Its strategy commits to phasing out diesel-operated engines and switching to hybrid, electric, or hydrogen wherever airports have provided the necessary infrastructure.

65 per cent of dnata’s fleet is now electric in the Netherlands, 44 per cent in Italy, 40 per cent in the UK, and 39 per cent in Switzerland.

dnata maintains a strong focus on minimising fuel consumption, the company stressed.

dnata monitors the consumption of fuel across its fleet of ground support equipment (GSE) using vehicle tracking management systems, conducts logistics mapping exercises to ensure minimal distances are travelled airside and optimises shifts and parking slots to avoid excessive fuel burn, it added.

The ground services provider also tracks the behaviour of drivers, including idling times, and has key performance indicators linked to the environmental management system.