Menzies Aviation has committed to making its operations 100 per cent carbon neutral by the company’s 200th anniversary in 2033.
The aviation services company will cut its emissions through investing in electric ground support equipment (GSE) and implementing other operational efficiencies, while balancing any remaining emissions with carbon-offsetting initiatives.
Menzies will also be signing up to the UN Global Compact in 2021, which supports the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Menzies Aviation CEO and chairman Philipp Joeinig said the transition to electrical GSE was already under way, after a recent contract signed with Qatar Airways at Gothenburg and Stockholm airports saw the introduction of three new electric baggage tractors, two new electric aircraft loaders and an electric towbarless tractor.
Meanwhile, in South Africa a new contract with Mango Airlines saw Menzies purchase 15 new electric belt loaders and 12 new electric baggage tractors across three airports in South Africa – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
In North America, Menzies replaced and retired older, less efficient GSE across four locations and will continue to do so across the region.
Joeinig said Menzies is also targeting zero fuel spills a day as well as reductions in energy use.
He added: “Menzies is a business that has constantly adapted and what better way to mark our 200-year anniversary in 2033 than to celebrate our next era of environmental sustainability by achieving carbon neutrality.
“As flight volumes recover we see an opportunity to rebuild the aviation industry to be more sustainable, and we will be taking advantage of this to promote greener operations across our entire business.
“With our sustainability strategy and programme now in place, we have clearly defined targets and supporting action plans to help realise them.
“However it is critical that we build relationships across the aviation ecosystem, from trade bodies to suppliers, to ensure that we can collectively remove barriers to green innovation and adoption.”