Etihad sets out action on plastics and waste

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
6 October 2020

Etihad Aviation Group has announced a number of environmental programmes including cutting single-use plastics and working on carbon offsets.

Etihad has signed an MOU with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) to collaborate on conservation, including an 80% reduction in single-use plastics by 2022, based on 2020 figures.

Etihad and EAD will “devise climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives” and “promote carbon footprint reduction and carbon offsetting”, said the Emirates news agency WAM.

They will also collaborate on an “integrated and sustainable waste management plan” across Etihad’s actitivies.

“Additionally, they will be developing and implementing pioneering projects to reduce air pollutants from Etihad’s activities,” said WAM.

Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group CEO, said: “The drive to sustainable aviation and cleaner skies is a fundamental principle for Etihad Airways, and a shared objective with Abu Dhabi as we strive to reduce the historic reliance on oil and diversify the local economy, in line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 social and economic plan.

“Working together to build on our shared objectives and existing partnerships, the EAD and Etihad are able to put our vision and innovation to practice, developing real-world solutions to environmental challenges that will have immediate and long-term benefits, not only for the UAE but for global consumers and communities.

“Even in the face of the wider Covid-related crisis aviation faces, it’s vitally important we remain committed to our sustainability objectives, as responsible climate action remains the most significant long-term challenge facing the aviation industry.”

Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, secretary-general of EAD, said: “By cooperating, soon we will see a major reduction of single-use plastic aboard Etihad Airways – a step forward in our overarching larger campaign for the capital. Furthermore, we will work together on a carbon offset programme and developing an integrated waste management system across Etihad’s activities.”

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