WISAG Aviation presented its “Ready for Green” sustainability initiative at BER today to once again highlight the issue of reducing emissions. The company also took this opportunity to take stock: in 2023, BER saved 40 tonnes of CO2 through more than 1,200 carbon-neutral handling operations. The electrically powered apron fleet was expanded from 40 to 55 percent. Under the slogan “Sustainable Ground Handling”, the media and airline partners had the opportunity today experience a “live” carbon-neutral handling procedure.
A handling process is considered carbon-neutral if all the equipment needed for the turnaround produces no emissions. This includes baggage tractors and conveyor belts, passenger stairs, push-back vehicles and ground power generators.
The initial situation at BER is ideal is optimal; 55 percent of our apron fleet here is now electrically powered. This saves an average of 33 kilograms of CO2 per handling operation and in 2023 alone, this will amount to 40 tonnes.”
As the infrastructure provider, Berlin Brandenburg Airport was represented by Thomas Hoff Andersson, Chief Operations Officer: “The airport company is committed to sustainable management. Electric ground handling reduces emissions and is, therefore, the best way for an airport to orientate itself towards the future. For this reason, we very much welcome WISAG’s commitment to BER as a pioneer on this path.”
In addition to Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the “Ready for Green” sustainability initiative is also being implemented at the airports in Frankfurt am Main, Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf. “Ready for Green” is an important element of WISAG’s group-wide sustainability strategy, which includes achieving carbon neutrality for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions in 2024. Until then, the family-run, multi-service company will offset emissions that cannot be avoided or reduced through certified climate protection projects.
“Sustainability is the number one priority for us at WISAG. In addition to the pure reduction in emissions, our employees also benefit from the use of electric apron equipment since it is much quieter and produces almost no pollutants. We want to raise awareness of this important issue among our participants through campaign days like today,” emphasises Angela Stuhr, CFO of WISAG Aviation.
More ambitious goals are planned for 2024 as part of “Ready for Green”. There is a focus on recycling, for example, reprocessing de-icing fluid and waste management in cabin cleaning.
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