Qatar Airways sees ‘continual improvement’ in waste, water and energy use

    14 Oct 2021

    Qatar Airways is “achieving continual improvement” for its environmental performance in waste, water and energy use via ongoing projects such as reduction of single-use plastics on board, introduction of a waste segregation program that maximizes recycling and reusing at its corporate offices and Hamad International Airport among others, Gulf-Times reports.

    Other ongoing projects include the use of foam wash engine cleaning for its aircraft, use of treated wastewater for irrigation at HIA and optimization initiatives to reduce energy usage, Qatar Airways said in its ‘Annual Report 2021’.

    Qatar Airways said it has an “efficient” Environmental Management System (EMS) in place, and has expanded the scope and successfully retained our certification to IATA’s Environmental Assessment Programme (IEnvA), which is the highest level of certification within the industry and is independently assessed.

    Environmental management is firmly embedded across the Group in its daily operations and decision-making processes, including regular review of our policies, standards and procedures, as well as the development and implementation of a “bespoke e-learning program” to raise environmental sustainability awareness among staff.

    As the inaugural signatory to the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016 and a founding member of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, Qatar Airways said it “has a zero-tolerance policy” for the transportation of illegal wildlife and their products.

    Qatar Airways has developed and maintained a global collaborative network, including government authorities, international regulators and sector experts, as well as signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ROUTES Partnership.

    Qatar Airways was the world’s first airline to be recognised for delivering on the agreements within the Buckingham Palace Declaration, demonstrating its ongoing commitment on this issue.

    The airline’s “balanced” approach to limit the impact of noise and aviation emission on air quality includes featuring aircraft with clean and quiet engine technology and monitoring adherence to airport noise abatement procedures and air quality regulations.

    It align its operations with the authorities and community requirements at its global destinations.

    Qatar Airways’ most advanced aircraft technology and fuel-optimisation initiatives are part of a comprehensive strategy to address its CO2 emissions. The national airline operates one of the youngest fleets and most modern fuel-efficient aircraft.

    Additional efforts include remaining compliant with the Emissions Trading Systems and the ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and committing, as a oneworld member airline, to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, becoming part of the first global alliance to unite behind a common target to achieve carbon neutrality.

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