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Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport

 The offering of alternative transportation methods for crew and staff will contribute toward driving efficiencies for the environment

Ground operations







The Emirates Group ground fleet includes 4,688 vehicles and other diesel-fuelled equipment. This represents a significant increase of 14.6% from 2011-12. A few business units, such as Arabian Adventures and dnata Cargo, decreased fleet sizes, while all other reporting groups added vehicles to their fleet. This was generally the result of an expansion in business operations especially with the start of Emirates flights out of the new Concourse A at Dubai International Airport. As a result, fuel consumption rose by 35.3% to 47,199,900 litres of fuel, largely the result of growth in our consumption of diesel fuel. On a per-employee basis, vehicle fuel consumption per head of staff in Dubai increased by 36.1% in 2012-13. This is explained by the rapid increase in vehicle use in and around Dubai airport, supporting the daily operational requirements of Emirates and dnata. Nonetheless, Emirates Group initiatives to reduce vehicle emissions are bearing fruit. The Group’s Central Services team has initiated a number of programmes to conserve fuel including purchasing replacement vehicles with smaller engine sizes, using luxury vans to chauffeur families travelling with us instead of several sedans, and increased monitoring of driver productivity to encourage efficiency. These initiatives have reduced emissions by 884 tonnes of CO2, or 3% of the total for Central Services. In 2012-13, the Emirates Group activities addressed in this report generated 23,560,782 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e) emissions. This is an increase of 15.71% compared with 2011-12. This is in line with the increase in airline operations over the same period. The overwhelming majority of CO2 emissions from the Emirates Group came from flight operations and the consumption of jet fuel. Together with diesel and petrol from ground operations, this represented 96% of total emissions. The amount of emissions associated with power generation and water usage remained a very small percentage of overall emissions, at 4%. In real terms these associated emissions declined by 1.3%. Similarly, emissions associated with waste sent to landfill or incinerated also remained a very small percentage of overall emissions. Nonetheless, in real terms waste-related emissions grew during the period, by 12.92%.