Menzies Aviation provides Ryanair with fully electric turns at airports across Europe27/10/21
Menzies Aviation, the global aviation logistics specialist, today announces it is providing Ryanair with fully electric turnarounds at three airports in Europe. These turns reinforce Menzies’ and Ryanair’s commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of their operations.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport and Oslo Airport are the first locations in Europe where Menzies has the capability to provide fully electric green turns. The turns have been made possible through the airports’ provision of charging infrastructure necessary for electric equipment.
A signatory of the UN Global Compact, Menzies has an industry leading sustainability strategy, which includes becoming carbon neutral by 2033 – the company’s 200th anniversary. A key component of this goal is Menzies’ commitment to evolving its ground services equipment (GSE) fleet to become fully electric where possible, which will be achieved through the replacement of combustion engines with electric motors.
Katy Reid, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Menzies, said: “We recognise the aviation industry’s role in addressing the climate emergency and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral, for scope one and two emissions, by 2033. We are taking action by switching to electric GSE where possible and ongoing collaboration with partners such as Ryanair will be vital to achieving this ambition. We look forward to working closely with industry partners, including suppliers, airlines and airports, to advance more environmentally friendly operations.”
Thomas Fowler, Director of Sustainability and Finance, Ryanair, added: “At Ryanair we have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reducing CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 10% by 2030. That is why we have invested $22bn in new aircraft that will help us reduce our fuel consumption by approx. 16% on a per-seat basis. We can now offer zero emissions turnarounds at 11 locations, including Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Oslo, when previously, a standard turnaround could emit up to 52.43kg of CO2. Our partnerships with industry leaders such as Menzies Aviation are vital to us in achieving our goal of being net carbon neutral by 2050.”