In the air and on the ground, the Emirates Group is committed to acting sustainably in the interests of our customers, our business, the natural environment and the over 120 destinations we serve worldwide.
The Group has much to be environmentally proud of, including our award-winning Al Maha conservation resort, our large industrial recycling efforts and, most importantly, our young and advanced aircraft fleet.
We also have more work to do.
The greatest environmental difference Emirates can make is through the development, selection and operation of our aircraft. We already have the most fuel efficient aircraft in the sky. Our emissions are lower than our competitors thanks to a fleet that has an average fuel burn of less than four liters for every 100 passenger kilometers we fly – better than most small cars. With our new A380s in service, we will witness a further, substantial reduction in fuel and emission generation for all Emirates passengers.
The Emirates Group moves our customers and cargo over a geographically-central mega-hub. With an efficient hub-based operation, fewer flights are needed to transport the same number of people. On long-haul flights, aircraft capacity is better used. With more efficient load factors, there is a drop in environmental impact and C02 emissions for our passengers.
Watching our Al Maha, Wolgan and Seychelles conservation resort projects develop and grow in recent years have been personal highlights.
Our commitment to the environment began well before it was fashionable when we sponsored the creation of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
dnata has led many of our environmental initiatives, including recycling, waste management and community partnerships. Emirates Flight Catering is recycling over 100 tons of waste a month. Our flight operation professionals are pioneering ways to fly more efficient routes to save fuel and reduce emissions.
We can and will do more to ensure our environmental performance is always improving, including the adoption of higher standards in fuel burn, on-board weight reduction, procurement, resource consumption and recycling. On the ground, this particularly means more efficient use of energy and water.
All of us can look for ways to be more sustainable and eco-efficient. Let’s embrace this important challenge.
H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum
Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group