Swissport sets out sustainability and decarbonisation goals

Swissport aims to use 55% share of electric vehicles by 2032. Photo: Swissport

Swissport has set goals for the decarbonisation of its operations, waste management and circularity, and for diversity and inclusion among its people.

The ground handler’s new environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) agenda will be aligned with its growth plan and is designed to support its long-term development.

Swissport’s sustainability plans are built around a comprehensive set of ESG measures.

The company aims to decarbonise its operations with a focus on introducing more electric vehicles; avoiding waste in all areas of the business, and further improving the company’s attractiveness as an employer with a diversity and inclusion agenda among other activities.

Swissport seeks to reduce its CO2 emissions by at least 42% by 2032 and plans to increase the share of electrically powered vehicles in its fleet to at least 55% over the same period.

In air cargo handling, Swissport plans to introduce mandatory waste-avoidance as part of its waste-management policy, to be rolled out at all of its air cargo centres by 2027.

Currently, Swissport is also putting its focus on leadership below the executive level, initially aiming for a proportion of at least 25% women there. Within five years, Swissport intends to increase the share of women in management to 40%.

At all of its locations worldwide, Swissport intends to promote social community outreach programmes. These include initiatives in the areas of healthcare, sports, charity, environmental protection, and career development.

“As a signatory to the UN Global Compact since 2011, Swissport committed to its responsibility for the planet and society,” said Warwick Brady, president and chief executive of Swissport.

“And as the global market leader in aviation ground services, it is incumbent upon Swissport to set the benchmark and drive change in this area, too.

“We are committed to contributing our share in helping to make a more sustainable aviation future a reality.

“For us, sustainability goals are not a compulsory exercise, but an opportunity which contributes to long-term value creation. A sustainable service delivery also benefits our customers and their corporate profiles.”

Swissport embraces growth and green logistics

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]