NAS Uganda launches eco-friendly vehicles at Entebbe International Airport
National Aviation Services (NAS) Uganda, formerly Entebbe Handling Services Limited (ENHAS), a signatory of the UN Global Compact, has joined the Civil Aviation Authority’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric forklifts and tractors into its operations in the country.
The 12 electric vehicles were launched by Eng. Ayub SOOMA, Director of Airports of the Civil Aviation Authority in Uganda. The new electric vehicles replace traditional diesel-fueled equipment for baggage and cargo handling around the aircrafts ensuring a quieter and cleaner working environment in the baggage sorting area. This is a big step towards the airports goal to reduce carbon emissions during aircraft turnarounds.
Philippe Lacroix, General Manager of NAS Uganda said “We are proud to launch our fleet of electric vehicles to help the airport and to help Uganda go green. We intend to invest into other electric and solar powered equipment on the ramp and the baggage sorting area. This is definitely going to make a huge difference to the airports carbon footprint.”
With the growing trend toward electric equipment, the focus is now on transitioning fleets, producing significant operational savings. By switching from fuel to electric-powered equipment there are several environmental benefits that include reduced petroleum and fuel consumption and improved air quality, especially in indoor facilities. The equipment is also smaller in size, occupying lesser space and leaving more room for maneuvering.
Lacroix added, “We shall continue to demonstrate how energy efficiency is not only good for the environment but is also a smart financial investment.” In Uganda NAS manages 25 flights daily, with 1.3 million passengers and 2.6 million bags handled annually. The operations are serviced by 810 employees.
Globally, NAS is present in 17 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa; providing ground handling services to seven out of the world’s top ten airlines and managing more than 35 airport lounges.
With an expanded portfolio of aviation services and certified by IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO), NAS also has demonstrated expertise in supporting local hub carriers in the Middle East and Africa.