Menzies Aviation has installed a solar farm of “almost 900 panels” on the roof of its cargo facility at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport. 

The photovoltaic panels should produce 350 megawatt hours each year, with the ambition to use that energy to reduce the company’s Prague emissions by 25%. 

The savings will come from the firm’s warehouse operations and charging its fleet of electric ground support equipment (GSE). 

GSE is a target area for improvement in Menzies’ sustainability strategy. The company said it would aim to make 25% of its GSE electric by next year. It hopes these strategies will allow it to reach net-zero across scope one, two and three by 2045. 

Katy Reid, Menzies’ head of sustainability and corporate responsibility said: “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.”

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Reid said further projects with Menzies’ global partners were part of its plan. 

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, director of ESG at 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.”

The move is the latest in what is becoming a popular trend to efficiently use the large roof spaces created by airport buildings to generate power.