Menzies implements solar panels in PRG

With the installation of around 900 solar panels on Menzies’ 14,000 m² cargo warehouse and admin buildings at Prague Airport (PRG), Menzies Aviation, hopes to save in the region of 140 tons of CO2 every year. They should achieve an annual output of more than 350 megawatt hours (MWh), and contribute to a 25% reduction in emissions across Menzies’ Prague operations. The electricity generated will go towards powering warehouse operations and charging the company’s fleet of electric ground support equipment (GSE).

Solar panels installed to reduce CO2 emissions. Image: Menzies

The measure is part of Menzies’ All In sustainability plan, which includes science-based targets to reach net-zero across scope 1, 2 and 3 by 2045. Menzies aims to achieve 25% electric GSE globally by 2025. At PRG, GSE powered by electricity already makes up 53% of the fleet. Other measures include reducing energy and fuel use, reducing waste, increasing recycling, and returning, reusing, or recycling IT equipment. Prague Airport, too, follows an ESG strategy since 2010, when it was certified under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) initiative.

Katy Reid, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Menzies Aviation, commented: “Building a fair and sustainable future is a key priority for Menzies, which is why we’re working hard to achieve the ambitious targets set out in our All In sustainability plan. The installation of nearly 900 solar panels at Prague Airport is just one example of how we’re matching our ambition with action by taking practical steps to slash emissions and meet our Net-Zero targets. We look forward to working with our airport partners and airline customers across the globe to ensure that aviation becomes the truly sustainable sector that our stakeholders expect it to be.”

Soňa Hykyšová, Sustainability, Environment, and ESG Director, Prague Airport, said: “We are glad that Menzies Aviation is also trying to reduce emissions and, like Prague Airport, is committed to net carbon neutrality. Last year, we achieved a 59.5% reduction in emissions compared to 2009. We expect to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 and net carbon neutrality by 2050. However, we know that the road ahead is not easy. Roughly 85% of emissions are generated by third parties – i.e., our suppliers and airlines. Therefore, we also motivate them to reduce emissions, for example, by offering green electricity. We are very pleased that Menzies Aviation decided to install a photovoltaic power plant in Prague. We are also active in this direction and plan to expand the use of photovoltaic panels on more suitable buildings at the airport.

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