Electric vehicles to make up half of Swissport's fleet by 2025
GROUND handler Swissport plans to raise the share of electrically powered vehicles in its fleet to at least 50 per cent by 2025 to shrink its carbon footprint, as part of its multi-year fleet modernisation programme
GROUND handler Swissport plans to raise the share of electrically powered vehicles in its fleet to at least 50 per cent by 2025 to shrink its carbon footprint, as part of its multi-year fleet modernisation programme.
Following the publication of its latest sustainability report, the handler said it would reduce the use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles in favour of more efficient and environmentally-friendly ground support equipment (GSE), reported London's Air Cargo News.
Between 2016 and 2018, the company expanded the number of eGSE from 925 to 2,420 vehicles, including electrical cargo lifters and battery-powered aircraft pushback tractors.
'As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Swissport is committed to responsible business principles. We integrate sustainability into our decision-making,' said Swissport International president Eric Born.
'Ultimately, sustainable business contributes to positive results and to value creation, increasing our flexibility to invest in environmentally friendly equipment and in social matters.'
Part of the total investment in state-of-the-art ground support equipment (GSE) is for the introduction of telematic systems into its global fleet. Telematics helps to enhance equipment utilisation and contributes to a reduction in fuel consumption.
'Investing in eGSE can reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the carbon footprint by up to 40 per cent at some airports, avoids harmful exhaust emissions and noise pollution and creates a healthier working environment for staff,' the company added.