DHL Invests £16 Million in Electric Ground Service Equipment for EMA

DHL Express UK has invested 16 million GBP into electric ground service vehicles and associated infrastructure at East Midlands Airport.

The investment, which is set to be split across three years, will aid the introduction of 100 pieces of new electric ground service equipment including 28 electric tugs, 5 electric ‘nose-lifter’ vehicles, five high-loaders and 6 electric belt-loaders.

A bright yellow plane surrounded by ground support equipment
The investment coincides with increased operations over the Christmas period
James Neill, VP Operations EMA Hub at DHL Express UK said:

“We are excited to be making this investment in our operations at EMA and showcase our commitment to using the latest green innovations. As well as making progress in reducing emissions resulting directly from flights and aviation fuel, it’s important that we’re looking at every aspect of our operation to make gains everywhere we can.”

DHL has also announced a further investment of 7 million GBP in replacing and enhancing non-electric ground support equipment.

Steve Griffiths, East Midlands Airport’s Managing Director, says:

“DHL’s investment is a positive development as we, as an industry, take steps to decarbonise. We’re committed to becoming a net zero airport by 2038 and innovations like DHL’s help move us a step closer to that goal. As the UK’s largest pure air cargo hub, the port of East Midlands Freeport, an early adopter of green innovation in the aviation industry and a site with further untapped potential, I believe there is a bright future for us.”

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