Emirates Flight Catering announces major investment in solar energy
A Monitor Report 05 Oct, 2019 | 2260 Views|-+
Dubai: Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), one of the world’s largest catering operations, has successfully commissioned a state-of-the-art solar power system across its premises, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million kg annually.
EKFC’s latest initiative supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.Under the strategy, the Emirate aims to produce 75 per cent of its energy requirements from clean sources by 2050.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “We are committed to responsible business and environmental stewardship, and we apply eco-efficient technologies across our operations to minimise our impact even as we continue to grow.”
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% across its laundry, food manufacturing and staff accommodation facilities.
As part of its eco-friendly initiative EKFC will shortly start constructing the world’s largest vertical farming facility to produce 2,700 kilogram of high quality, herbicide- and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99 percent less water than outdoor fields. The first products are expected to be delivered to Emirates Flight Catering’s customers in 2020.
Every month, EKFC is recycling of 130,000 kilograms of cardboard, 4,000 kilograms of paper, 14,000 kilograms of aluminium cans and foil, 120,000 kilograms of glass bottles and 10,000 kilograms of plastic bottles.
Each day, EKFC prepares an average of 225,000 meals and handle 210 tonnes of laundry.