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Swissport sets electric vehicles target 13 September 2019

Telematics will optimise equipment utilisation and reduce fuel consumption

Swissport has committed to further invest in environmentally friendly equipment. By 2025, the Company aims to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet to at least 50.0% to further reduce its carbon footprint and to improve the direct working environment of its employees.

The global leader of airport ground services and air cargo handling, commits to reduce the use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles in favour of more efficient and environmentally friendly Ground Support Equipment, especially electrically powered vehicles (eGSE). Between 2016 and 2018, Swissport increased the number of eGSE from 925 to 2,420 vehicles, among them electrical cargo lifters and battery-powered aircraft pushback tractors.

Part of the total investment in state-of-the-art GSE is for the introduction of telematic systems into the Company’s global fleet. Telematics optimise equipment utilisation and contribute to a reduction of the fuel consumption. Investing in eGSE can reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the carbon footprint by up to 40.0% at some airports, avoids harmful exhaust emissions and noise pollution and creates a healthier working environment for staff.

At Swissport, sustainability is integrated into the strategic and operational objectives. The Company is currently preparing the implementation of a new group-wide environmental management system ready for 2020. Next to the obvious environmental benefits, this will support Swissport in creating value. The continuous improvement of a sustainable service delivery also benefits Swissport’s corporate airline clients and their sustainability profile.