Swissport to increase its use of electric vehicles

One of Swissport's electric vehicles

Ground handler Swissport has committed to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet to at least 50% to further reduce its carbon footprint and to improve the direct working environment of its employees.

Following the publication of its latest sustainability report, the handler said it would reduce the use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles in favor 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.

“As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, Swissport is committed to responsible business principles. We integrate sustainability into our decision-making,” said Eric Born, president and chief executive of Swissport International.

“Ultimately, sustainable business contributes to positive results and to value creation, increasing our flexibility to invest in environmentally friendly equipment and in social matters. With our ambitious multi-year fleet modernization program, Swissport will further raise the share of electrically powered vehicles to at least 50% by 2025 and continue to reduce its carbon footprint.”

Part of the total investment in state-of-the-art GSE is for the introduction of telematic systems into our global fleet.

Swissport said that telematics helps to improve equipment utilization 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% at some airports, avoids harmful exhaust emissions and noise pollution and creates a healthier working environment for staff,” the company said.

Share this story

Related Topics

Latest environment news

DHL and Prada make fashion greener with SAF

DHL Global Forwarding has announced the first investment of the Prada Group in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) credits, utilising DHL…

Read More

Share this story

Air Cargo News Awards are open for entry

The prestigious Air Cargo News Awards are now officially open for entry. The awards are now in their 40th year…

Read More

Share this story

Emirates gets ready for SAF at Schiphol

Emirates has commenced the activation of its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) agreement with Neste at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Over 2m…

Read More

Share this story

Air Cargo News

Air Cargo News
Established in 1983, Air Cargo News is the leading source of news, information, interviews, analyses and reports to the global airfreight industry. Our leading portfolio includes print, digital and events that give businesses in the airfreight industry the ability to connect with decision-makers in this sector.