Jun 9, 2020

Emirates reaffirms commitments to sustainability & wildlife

Georgia Wilson
3 min
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Acutely aware of its role in the planet’s natural ecosystem, Emirates reaffirms its commitments to its environmental goals...

While people continue to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Emirates believes there is also a call to pause and reflect on environmental goals during this time. Emirates showcased its environmental performance in its annual finance report for 2019 to 2020, detailing a holistic picture and context for its achievements.


Underpinned by its young, and technologically advanced fleet, Emirates is committed to reducing its carbon emissions, a central goal to the airlines environmental sustainability strategy.

Delivering a 1.9% improvement in passenger fuel efficiency for the year, the airline has been harnessing a comprehensive fuel efficiency programme which analyses and implements ways to reduce unnecessary fuel burn and emissions wherever it is operationally feasible.

In addition to these efforts, the airline has been working to optimise its flight plans and fuel uplifts - all the while maintaining safety and operational integrity - saving an estimated 38,000 tonnes of fuel, equal to 120,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. These efforts made by the airline were supported by data-driven methodologies and awareness programmes for its pilots.

Emirates is also committed to environmental stewardship, as well as the use of collaboration, consensus and change along its entire ecosystem. This ranges from framing internal policies to empowering employees and mandating standards with partners and vendors.

The Emirates Group’s leadership team - last year - also approved an updated environmental framework, and throughout the year Emirates has taken positive action to progress against the environmental framework.


An important cause for the airline is keeping wildlife in the wild. With this in mind, Emirates is committed to tackling illegal trading and selling of wild animals either for pets or use in food, medicine, exotic leather, jewellery or ornaments.

Across the industry, Emirates is actively fighting this cause both locally and internationally. The airline is currently a part of United for Wildlife, Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES), and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

When it comes to carrying banned species, hunting trophies or products associated with illegal wildlife activities, Emirates has a zero tolerance. With its ground-handling team trained in IATA’s Live Animal Regulations and its internal policies. In addition over 2,500 employees were trained in 2019 to recognise and report suspicious cargo.

The airline has also been helping protect Australia’s flora and fauna for more than 10 years at Emirates Wolgan Valley, a conservation resort in New South Wales, in addition to working with the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) for more than 20 years, and will continue to build on its successful programmes to track, maintain and reintroduce native wildlife species.

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Jun 11, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve, in terms of sustainability and global trade

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 


Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.


Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 


When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 


Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 


The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 


It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 


Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”


The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 


According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 


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