TCR partners with Bristol Airport and easyJet in net-zero carbon trial

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Bristol Airport is stepping up its efforts in the fight against climate change with fully electric turnarounds as part of a six-month trial in collaboration with easyJet, DHL and TCR Equipment.

For the past two months, the airport has been testing the latest technological and innovative solutions to achieve net-zero operations and reduce waste.

It is hoped that any successful results from the trials of using electric GSE equipment, such as electric GPUs and tugs, will have the potential to be rolled out across easyJet’s network, spanning 150 airports across 35 countries.

Other trials taking place include in areas of sustainable aviation fuels, electric passenger transport, neo aircraft deployment and fleet optimisation, and employee carbon-saving initiatives.

Kristof Philips, COO of TCR, said: "We’re committed to 'Preserve our Planet', which is a pillar of our '3 x 3 Strategy for Sustainability'. We are working to support our customers in reducing their carbon footprint. Being part of a project as unique as this is truly an honour. Closely working together with Bristol Airport, easyJet and DHL has been a sincere pleasure and resulted in this great outcome. Thank you all for making this possible.”

Simon Earles, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Director, Bristol Airport said: “We are delighted to be partnering with easyJet to see how we can continue to work together towards our ambition to achieve net-zero emissions at the airport. As an airport we are taking our commitments to address climate change seriously and we have made great progress already. By the end of 2021 we will be a carbon neutral airport for emissions under our direct control, exceeding our own target, four years ahead of schedule."

Jane Ashton, Director of Sustainability at easyJet, said: "This partnership with Bristol Airport is a good example of how we can look at every aspect of our operations, really challenging how we do things by implementing the newest technological solutions across a series of decarbonisation and waste reduction trials over the coming months."

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