dnata uses biofuel to cut ground fleet emissions

dnata is decarbonising ground operations by switching to biofuel for vehicles in 4 of its brands.

The group brands dnata Logistics, Arabian Adventures, Alpha Flight Services and City Sightseeing have switched their vehicles to run on a biofuel blend, which will save more than 80 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

At dnata Logistics, 31 trucks are running on a biofuel blend at its Dubai-based hub, saving almost 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year.

City Sightseeing Dubai, which operates 3 tour routes to view Dubai’s top attractions, is powering 21 open-top buses with biofuel, saving over 32 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Inflight catering joint venture Alpha Flight Services has switched 5 landside vehicles to biofuel blend and is transitioning all of its Sharjah-based airside catering trucks, cutting CO2 emissions by 7 tonnes a year.

Alpha is sending its used cooking oil to the biofuel manufacturer and once recycled, it is reused in vehicles with 1 litre of recycled oil avoiding 3kg of CO2.

Arabian Adventures is using a biofuel mix in its generators at desert safari camps, which is saving almost 5 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Steve Allen, CEO of dnata Group, says, “We constantly explore and implement emission reduction methods across our fleet and infrastructure to reduce our carbon footprint. The introduction of biofuel to a diverse range of our UAE businesses is an important step in our ongoing journey. It offers a simple and effective method of cutting emissions throughout the fuel lifecycle, without requiring any changes to equipment.”

More than 15% of dnata’s global fleet has been electrified and dnata operates a mix of biodiesel, electric and hybrid vehicles as it realises electrification is not the only solution.

Other key initiatives include investing in renewable infrastructure, low-emissions ground support solutions and process improvements to optimise fuel efficiency.

It is investing in renewable energy including installing solar panels on existing facilities and capturing and recycling grey water or rainwater for conservation.