dnata installs rooftop solar power at Changi Airport to cut CO2 emissions

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata), a leading global air and travel services provider, has installed a 3.5 megawatt-peak rooftop solar power system across its operations, including its cargo and catering facilities, at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

This is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to invest in infrastructure and equipment to improve global resource efficiency. The rooftop solar power plant has over 6,500 solar panels and will generate over 4,300 MWh of green power each year, allowing dnata to reduce its electricity-related carbon emissions in Singapore by 20 percent annually.

In recent years, dnata has significantly invested renewable alternatives to further improve operational efficiency with a strategic objective of reducing its carbon footprint globally by 20 percent by 2024.

To reduce engine emissions, dnata replaced and refurbished ground support equipment (GSE) at airports, invested in facilities that integrate the latest carbon reduction initiatives in design and operation, and embedded its environmental framework across its wide-ranging Travel businesses.

David Barker
David Barker
Divisional SVP
Airport Operations

“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 percent in the next two years globally.”

In Singapore, dnata took initiatives to reduce food waste across its catering operations and replaced a number of its GSE and forklifts with hybrid or electric alternatives, while refurbishing selected GSEs 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.

Ms. Jen Tan, Head of Integrated Solutions, Singapore & SEA and Senior Vice President, Rooftop Solar Solutions, Sembcorp Development, said that “We have a proven track record in rooftop photovoltaic solutions for the aerospace and aviation industry and the completion of this project solidifies our position. We are pleased to help dnata take their first step towards reducing their carbon footprint, and we look forward to exploring more innovative green solutions with them in the future.”

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