dnata is the First Combined Air Services Provider to Receive IATA’s Environmental Management Certification

dnata has become the first combined air services provider to receive the International Air Transport Association’ (IATA) environmental management certification as a recognition of its commitment to sustainability across its diverse portfolio of businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) is a certification programme developed to independently assess the commitment of aviation stakeholders such as airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, and ramp handlers, to continuously improve their environmental and sustainability performance.

IATA’s comprehensive evaluation encompassed 74 mandatory and all three optional modules, rigorously assessing dnata’s sustainability practices and efforts across its extensive operations in the UAE.

In addition to its corporate Headquarters, ground handling, and cargo businesses, dnata’s airport hospitality brand, Marhaba, and inflight catering joint venture, Alpha Flight Services (Alpha), have also been certified through IEnvA’s hospitality module. DUBZ, dnata’s baggage technology and logistics company, also received the certification. This remarkable outcome attests to dnata’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of sustainability.

dnata recently announced that it was on track to reduce its carbon footprint and waste to landfill by 20% by 2024 as part of its two-year green operations strategy.

Previously, the company committed US$100 million to implement green technology and initiatives across its businesses to achieve its strategic objectives. The company’s recent key initiatives include continued significant investment in infrastructure, green ground support solutions, and process improvement.

Marie Owens Thomsen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Sustainability, and Chief Economist, commented: “I would like to extend my most sincere congratulations to dnata for achieving full IEnvA Certification in the UAE. This is a remarkable achievement that reflects their unwavering dedication to environmental sustainability and responsible business practices. I commend the efforts of everyone involved and wish dnata continued success in their role of our industry’s sustainability journey.”