Etihad appoints first environmental specialist

Etihad Airways has appointed its first manager for environmental affairs - environmental and corporate social responsibility specialist, Linden Coppell.
Linden has more than 18 years experience in environmental affairs and joins Etihad from Cathay Pacific Airways where she held the position of environmental manager for the past five years.

In her new role Linden’s focus will be to develop and implement a corporate environmental strategy for the Abu Dhabi-based airline.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Etihad is committed to being an environmentally responsible airline and the appointment of Linden is an important step towards achieving that goal. She has tremendous experience in the field of environmental affairs and we are thrilled to welcome her to the airline.”

Linden’s role will begin by expanding Etihad’s existing environmental management programmes to include a wide variety of projects from resource conservation and waste management to addressing the global environmental challenges which face the aviation industry.

She will review the airline’s climate change position and develop a carbon management strategy to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive series of measures to manage emissions as well as identifying environmental risks associated with future carbon constraints.


Under Linden’s supervision Etihad will drive eco-efficiency throughout the organisation by recycling and re-using resources as well as introducing a regular environmental management update for company staff to provide the Etihad workforce with information on environmental issues such as the impact of the European Union emissions trading scheme on the aviation industry.

Etihad Airways, which won “World’s Leading First Class” at the World Travel Awards, operates one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets in the commercial aviation industry. The airline will increase significantly during the next 12 years as it takes delivery of 100 new narrow and wide body Boeing and Airbus aircraft.