This step is in line with EKFC’s commitment to invest in improving resource efficiency and supporting Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai in 2015. This strategy details the production of clean sources that will be used for 75% of energy demands by 2050.
The new rooftop solar plant will be made up of 8,112 individual solar panels that will generate 4,195 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, allowing EKFC to reduce energy consumption by 15% across many areas such as laundry, food manufacturing, and staff accommodation. As well as this the company carbon dioxide emission will be reduced by 3 million kilograms annually – the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 518 family homes.
Saeed Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Flight Catering commented:
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.
Every day EKFC 11,000 employees prepare an average of 225,000 meals and handle 210 tonnes of laundry. Due to the size of the company it has been praised for its steps in tackling and reducing the use of harmful energy.
The company also has set up a recycling program that ensures that recyclable items, including plastic bottles, foil, and aluminum cans, are separated from waste after they are taken off aircraft. EKFC also has all cardboard packaging and office paper waste recycled into new paper products.
As businesses invest in renewable energy a shift in culture is starting with many other organizations taking steps to use clean energy, recently google invested $2bn in Global Renewable Energy and UK Universities have made an unprecedented deal with wind farms.
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