Commitment to minimise our
Reducing emissions and waste
A dedicated Fuel Efficiency Steering Committee is focused on fuel-saving initiatives across the business, with a focus on technical and operational improvements. Concerted efforts to improve the efficiency of aircraft has led to significant reductions in carbon emissions across the fleet, amounting to over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2016.
Recognising our footprint extends beyond aircraft, we segregate waste and recycle in offices and residential properties to segregate and collect paper, plastics and cans. We also pursue recycling initiatives on board our planes to divert waste from landfill.
Recognising the global phenomenon of water scarcity, we avoid the use of bottled water where possible by equipping our offices with water-saving devices and filtration systems. This initiative eliminated the consumption of over 25 thousand water bottles in offices, reducing the carbon footprint by over 50 tonnes. To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the environment, staff constructed a sustainable garden of plants indigenous to the region at our Head Office, using recycled items sourced from within the company. A vegetable garden is tended by staff from the airlines volunteer community.
Innovating for the planet
One of the main ways that we support the reduction of carbon emissions is by supporting the development of sustainable alternative fuel. We collaborated with Boeing, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute on BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Abu Dhabi. Following a flight in 2014 powered in part by locally produced aviation biofuel, a roadmap report was produced which outlines the necessary requirements for the development and production of commercial viable and sustainable aviation fuel in Abu Dhabi.
Etihad is also a founding partner of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC). Led by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the SBRC is tasked with identifying feedstock for sustainable alternative fuel for the aviation industry.
Its flagship project is the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). As part of the SEAS pilot, six ponds of aquaculture generate the nutrient-rich water which feeds fields of saltwater-tolerant plants from which biomass and oil rich seeds are produced to be converted to liquid fuel. The pilot facility opened in March 2016 and sits on a two-hectare site at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. It will be utilised for testing over several years, before the system is scaled up elsewhere.
Protecting wildlife and biodiversity
Through the Animal Welfare and Conservation Policy, Etihad is committed to identifying and implementing actions to help prevent the illegal wildlife trade and encourage responsible, sustainable tourism.
We are a signatory to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Declaration, along with five of Etihad Airways’ equity partners, and engaged with key stakeholders at the local level, including the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Abu Dhabi Police and Customs, on combatting the illegal wildlife trade through capacity building. Internationally, Etihad Airways chairs the IATA Wildlife Task Force, and has strict protocols in place relating to the carriage of animals, plants and their products.
Etihad Airways and Hala advocate responsible tourism through the #Etihad4Wildlife campaign. On board, this includes regular wildlife features in our inflight magazine and entertainment system E-BOX. On the ground, all travel and tours involving animals offered by Etihad Holidays have been reviewed in accordance with international guidance on responsible tourism, and Etihad Holidays works with its tour operators on an ongoing basis to ensure that appropriate animal welfare practices are in place.