dnata has installed a 3.5 megawatt-peak rooftop solar power system across its operations, including its cargo and catering facilities, at Changi Airport in Singapore.
The ground handler said the rooftop power plant comprises of over 6,500 individual solar panels and will generate more than 4,300 megawatt hours of green power a year, enabling it to reduce its electricity-related carbon emissions by 20% annually in Singapore.
David Barker, dnata’s divisional senior vice president for airport operations, said: “We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint to ensure the highest possible level of environmental efficiency across our operations. The inauguration of the solar power system in Singapore marks a significant milestone in our efforts to make dnata’s operations even more sustainable and reduce our carbon footprint by 20% in the next two years globally.”
In recent years dnata has invested in infrastructure, equipment and process improvement to further improve operational efficiency with a strategic objective of reducing its carbon footprint globally by 20% by 2024.
dnata replaced and refurbished ground support equipment at airports to decrease engine emissions, invested in facilities that incorporate the latest carbon reduction initiatives in design and operation, and embedded its environmental framework across its travel businesses, aiming to empower customers to make better travel choices.
In Singapore, dnata took initiatives to reduce food waste across its catering operations and replaced a number of its ground support equipment (GSE) and forklifts with hybrid or electric alternatives, while refurbishing selected GSE where appropriate to extend life cycles, reduce waste and update them to the latest safety and quality standards. Most recently, dnata has added 44 electric baggage tractors to its GSE fleet at Changi Airport.
Last year, dnata Singapore started using Hermes Logistics Technologies’ New Generation (NG) cloud-based cargo ‘ecosystem’ for its cargo operations at Changi Airport.