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Emirates Flight Catering to reduce package waste by 750 tonnes/year

Catering service provider to replace cardboard packaging with reusable crates for an average of 100k daily inflight meals

Emirates Flight Catering to reduce package waste by 750 tonnes/year
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Emirates Flight Catering to reduce package waste by 750 tonnes/year

Catering service provider Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has introduced a new packaging solution to reduce waste across its food manufacturing operations by replacing cardboard packaging with reusable crates to store and transport an average of 100k inflight meals daily, which will save 750 tonnes of cardboard waste – the equivalent of 260,000m2 of mature woodland – per year.

Commenting on the initiative, chief executive officer of EKFC, Saeed Mohammed, said: “We are committed to operating with a mindset of efficiency and environmental sustainability. In addition to our vertical farming and solar power projects, our new packaging solution is already the third key initiative we have launched in a year to reduce our environmental footprint and deliver more value for our stakeholders.”

EKFC said that it will soon begin construction on its 12,077m2 controlled environment facility – the world’s largest vertical farming facility – which is part of a joint venture with US-based Crop One, and will produce 2,700kg of herbicide- and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99% less water than outdoor fields.

In September 2019, the catering service provider also announced the commissioning of a solar power system capable of generating 4,195MW/h of electricity per year, reducing the firm’s CO2 emissions by 3 million kg annually.

In addition to this, EKFC runs a recycling programme, ensuring recyclable items, including plastic bottles, aluminium cans and foil, are separated from galley waste after they are removed from the aircraft. Every month, the firm diverts 270,000 kg of material from landfill, and ensures the recycling of 130,000 kg of cardboard; 4,000 kg of paper; 14,000 kg of aluminium cans and foil; 120,000 kg of glass bottles; and 10,000 kg of plastic bottles.

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