The airline has highlighted its wide-ranging eco-friendly initiatives for World Environment Day 2022. Emirates is to start trialing an electric bus in its latest sustainability drive, which it has declared for World Environment Day.
The airline handles several initiatives as part of its Only One Earth theme, with an in-house team of sustainability experts that provide their input from an early stage.
World Environment Day
For Sunday’s World Environment Day it has highlighted its environmental strategy which focuses on three areas – reducing emissions, consuming responsibly, and preserving wildlife and habitats.
Its latest move is to trial an electric bus for six months beginning from this week. It will ferry passengers from remote stations and can run up to 100km on a single charge. These trips will be fully carbon-free and work on an intelligent energy-saving system.
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Some of Emirates’ most impactful actions have been to replace plastic straws and stirrers with responsibly-sourced paper and wooden alternatives. Emirates also makes sustainable blankets for the economy class using 28 recycled plastic bottles each.
Amenity kits for economy class were also presented this year, made from washable kraft paper and containing durable travel essentials made from environmentally-friendly materials.
The packaging operated for the dental kit, socks, and eyeshades are made from 90 percent rice paper, while the toothbrush is made from a combination of wheat straw and plastic.
“Emirates looks at every product on board with the view to reducing resource consumption wherever possible. It works with a wide range of suppliers, sourcing locally or regionally where feasible, to minimize the environmental impact of its supply chain,” it said in a statement.
Emirates’ overall efforts to remove excess weight and
Economy class paper menus were returned in April 2020 with digital menus, which saves 44 tonnes of paper per month reducing paper consumption and also helps Emirates’ overall efforts to remove excess weight and save fuel and emissions.
For its aircraft, Emirates has an ongoing focus to manage its fleet in the most efficient, responsible way possible, cutting fuel consumption. It also has partnerships with air navigation service providers which have been key to implementing fuel‑ and time‑saving routes.
Other sustainability initiatives it has rolled out include investing in solar power systems to generate clean electricity at its major facilities in Dubai, and most recently, the Emirates Sevens Stadium.
These installations produce savings of over 4 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions yearly.
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