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Swissport aiming for 50 percent EVs in fleet

Equipment will include electric cargo lifters and battery-powered aircraft pushback tractors


September 16, 2019
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OPFIKON, Switzerland – Swissport has committed to increase the share of electric vehicles in its fleet to at least 50 percent by 2025 to further reduce its carbon footprint and to improve the working environment for its employees.

Swissport is switching to 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, including electric 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 CEO of Swissport International AG, as the company published its 2019 Sustainability Report.

“Ultimately, sustainable business contributes to positive results and to value creation, increasing our flexibility to invest in environmentally friendly equipment and in social matters.”

The company will also introduce telematic systems to the global fleet. Telematics optimize 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 percent at some airports, avoids harmful exhaust emissions and noise pollution and creates a healthier working environment for staff.

Swissport relies on the Sustainability Reporting Standards (SRS) of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI Standards are the most widely adopted global standards for sustainability reporting. Swissport aims to further expand its coverage of GRI Standards.