Over the past few years, airports have been increasingly implementing measures to improve the sustainability of their operations, with more than 200 European airports having pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Most emissions from an airport result from aircraft movements, but the airport Ground Support Equipment (‘GSE’) represents approximately three quarters of nonaircraft emissions.
TCR is helping airports promote more sustainable operations by improving the management of the existing GSE fleet and encouraging the gradual replacement of old diesel equipment with a more sustainable asset base. 37% of TCR’s motorised fleet is electric today, well above the industry average.
TCR’s pioneering role on pooling supports an airport’s transition to lower its carbon emissions. Pooling is the sharing of GSE at a terminal or at an airport between several ground handlers. Because it optimises use of the GSE across participants in the pool, pooling typically reduces the size of the fleet on the apron by up to 40%, which improves airside operations through reduced congestion and improved quality of services and safety. For example, Luton Airport has seen a dramatic improvement in its operations since implementing GSE pooling with TCR in 2017. As the recognised global specialist in GSE pooling management, under our ownership TCR has won a significant portion of pooling projects opened to independent GSE lessors.
TCR has also undertaken several initiatives to reduce the impact of waste streams on the environment. As an example, almost all lead-acid batteries for electric GSE are recycled and TCR is piloting the use of more energy efficient lithium-ion batteries.
Under our ownership, TCR has increased its focus on health and safety for all stakeholders, from employees to customers. Lost time injury frequency rate has almost halved since our investment in June 2016. The business also renewed its ISO 9001 (Quality) certifications, ensuring adherence with the latest international standards.
We actively support the management team’s ambition to be at the forefront of sustainable solutions for GSE.