Menzies pledges to carbon neutral operations by 2033

The new agreement is set to be achieved by the implementation of electronic ground equipment, alongside the focus on environmental support initiatives

Global aviation logistics specialists, Menzies Aviation has announced its plans to commit to a goal of carbon neutrality within its operations by 2033 – the company’s 200-year anniversary.

According to the corporation, this is the first time a firm within this field of expertise has made such a ground-breaking net-zero commitment.

To solidify the new pledge, the company will become a signatory to the UN Global Compact later this year, which supports the international organisation’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

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In order to reach the target, the logistics agency will shift its focus onto investing in electric ground support equipment, reducing emissions by establishing operational efficiencies and balancing the remaining emissions with carbon neutral schemes.

Last year, Menzies were able to upgrade a lot of equipment due to the introduction of new contracts. At Gothenburg and Stockholm airports, a new agreement was formed with Qatar Airways which led to the purchase of three rechargeable baggage tractors and two power-driven aircraft loaders.

Similarly, the contractual arrangement with Mango Airlines in South Africa saw the implementation of 15 electric belt loaders and 12 of the same baggage tractors were implemented across Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban airports.

As well as introducing new equipment, the aviation specialists are also set to support teams with new initiatives that will result in zero fuel spills, enhance local schemes to reduce energy use and limit environmental impacts.

Phillipp Joeinig, CEO and chairman of Menzies Aviation, said: “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.”

Enhancing sustainability operations compliments the ESG programme set out by Menzies, which promotes responsible business, employee engagement and supports local communities.