dnata to save further 650 tonnes of carbon per year with innovative cooling technology in Singapore
Initiative is part of company’s global efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030
Singapore, 25 October 2023: dnata, a leading global air and travel service provider, will save at least 650 metric tonnes of carbon and 1.5 million kilowatt hours (kwH) of electricity per year following the installation of a new, innovative technology at its Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) facilities.
The introduction of Cooling as a Service (CaaS) provides chilled water and air conditioning through a reliable, efficient and sustainable solution. Supplied by provider Kaer, CaaS was implemented at dnata Singapore in January 2022 to provide cool water and air to its cargo, catering and support facilities. Under the CaaS model, Kaer retrofitted the cooling systems serving the two facilities with high efficiency, low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) technology and have deployed their suite of data mining, machine learning and carbon monitoring software.
This has resulted in a 54% reduction in energy consumption at dnata’s cargo base, and a 35% reduction at its catering and support offices. The technology also allows for real-time monitoring and reporting of service levels, as well as energy use and carbon emissions for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) reporting.
The carbon saving of 650 metric tonnes each year is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 530 petrol-powered cars for one year, or over six million miles (9.65 million kilometres) driven by an average petrol-powered car. It is also equivalent to the Carbon Dioxide emissions from 464 average homes’ electricity use for one year.
dnata’s Singapore facilities were already benefitting from sustainable technology through the use of a rooftop power plant which comprises of 6,500 individual solar panels, generating over 4,300 megawatt hours of green power each year. This enabled dnata to reduce its electricity-related carbon emissions by 20%. The energy savings achieved by the new cooling systems is the equivalent to installing an additional 2,400 rooftop solar panels.
Charles Galloway, dnata’s Regional CEO, Airport Operations – Asia Pacific, said: “We are proud to be an early pioneer in low-GWP refrigerant, and making our Singapore operations even more efficient and sustainable. We have plans to expand our CaaS initiatives to additional areas of our operations, and look forward to working with our partners to further reduce our environmental footprint.”
Justin Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Kaer, added: “We are excited to welcome dnata into the CaaS movement and to be a part of their journey towards carbon neutrality. Our ongoing partnership with dnata allows us to scale up our investments in low carbon technology in the coming years and showcase how the implementation of CaaS, alongside the use of solar panels can deliver clean and sustainable cooling.”
dnata recently announced that it was on track to reduce its carbon footprint and waste to landfill by 50% by 2030 as part of its eight-year green operations strategy. Previously, the company committed US$ 100 million to implement green technology and initiatives across its businesses globally to achieve its strategic objectives. The company’s recent key initiatives include continued significant investment in infrastructure, green ground support solutions and process improvement.
dnata currently serves more than 50 airlines at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) with a team of 1,500 aviation professionals, who handle over 15,000 flights, provide over 3.75 million meals, and move over 250,000 tonnes of cargo annually.
dnata is a leading global air and travel services provider. Established in 1959, the company offers quality and safe ground handling, cargo, travel, catering and retail services in 34 countries across six continents. In the financial year 2022-23, dnata’s customer-oriented teams handled over 710,000 aircraft turns, moved 2.7 million tonnes of cargo, uplifted 111.4 million meals, and recorded a total transaction value (TTV) of travel services of US$ 1.9 billion. For more information, visit dnata.com.
The pioneer of Cooling as a Service (CaaS), Kaer has designed, built and operated cooling systems for commercial and industrial buildings in Asia for over 70 years. Aiming to make CaaS the model of choice for the real estate industry, Kaer enables businesses to simply buy cooling on a pay as you use basis to overcome significant capital investment and challenges associated with owning a cooling system.
With over SGD $50 million of cooling assets under management, Kaer is serving over 15 million square feet of real estate space across Asia. To know more, follow https://www.kaer.com/
About Cooling as a Service (CaaS)
In the traditional approach to cooling, building owners handle the purchase, installation, and maintenance of cooling systems, incurring high upfront and ongoing costs. Under the CaaS model, building owners simply dictate the cooling conditions they require and Kaer delivers that as and when needed. This shifts the financial and operational responsibilities to Kaer, allowing building owners to buy cooling at a fixed $/RTH rate (Refrigerant Ton Hour) rate on a pay-as-you-use basis.