Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering operations, has commissioned a cutting-edge solar power system across its premises, which is expected to deliver an annual reduction of three million kilogrammes of greenhouse gas emissions.
This development is part of EKFC’s continued investment in infrastructure to improve resource efficiency and supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched in 2015. Under the strategy, the emirate aims to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050.
Speaking on the development was CEO, EKFC, Saeed Mohammed: “We are excited to announce another significant long-term investment in our sustainable operations. Our state-of-the-art solar power plant helps us further optimise resources and enhance environmental efficiency, which will benefit all of our stakeholders, including our customers, employees and the communities around us. In line with our appetite for perfection, we stay committed to providing the best possible quality products and services to our customers using sustainable and innovative solutions.”
EKFC’s solar rooftop power plant comprises 8,112 individual solar panels. It is expected to generate 4,195 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, allowing the company to reduce traditional energy consumption by 15 per cent across its laundry, food manufacturing and staff accommodation facilities.
EKFC recognises that environmental responsibility is core to its long-term success and is committed to using resources in a sustainable manner and minimising the environmental impact of its operations across all activities. The company already runs a comprehensive recycling programme, ensuring recyclable items, including plastic bottles, aluminium cans and foil are separated from galley waste after they are removed from the aircraft. The company also has all cardboard packaging and office paper waste recycled into new paper products.
Every month, EKFC diverts over 270,000 kilogrammes of material from landfill and ensures the recycling of 130,000 kilogrammes of cardboard, 4,000 kilogrammes of paper, 14,000 kilogrammes of aluminium cans and foil, 120,000 kilogrammes of glass bottles and 10,000 kilogrammes of plastic bottles.