Schindler operates a global fleet of service vehicles to effectively maintain our product portfolio and deliver swift and reliable services to our customers. Almost two-thirds of our direct environmental impact is generated by this service fleet. It remains the largest single source of CO2 emissions at Schindler. We therefore strive to lower these impacts by replacing vehicles in the fleet with more environmentally friendly models that feature new technology – allowing for reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. Route optimization also enables us to improve our environmental performance in this area.
In 2017, the ratio of petrol- to diesel- to alternative-powered vehicles changed to 26:61:13 (2016: 30:63:7). While the use of diesel- or gasoline-powered vehicles remained fairly constant, the distance travelled using alternative-powered vehicles (bioethanol, hybrid, and electric) increased by 81%. The replacement of diesel cars and delivery vans with models equipped with particulate filters continued through 2017. Vehicles without filters now account for only about 2% of the total distance travelled.
Intelligent route planning
Sophisticated planning of the service technicians geographical routing through their dedicated service portfolio is key to significant reductions in emissions and travel time. With growing density of serviced installations, especially in the growth markets, efficiency will further increase.
Utilizing technological advances
The technological advances and reductions in fuel consumption and emissions that are continuously being achieved as new vehicles enter the market create opportunities to improve Schindler's environmental performance in this area.
Since 2005 local initiatives have included replacement of petrol vehicles with diesel vehicles, introduction of particulate filters for older cars, equipment of new diesel cars with particulate filters, as well as eco-driving trainings.
Schindler has a Global Fleet Policy in place that sets out strict internal targets for the replacement of less efficient technology. It also includes a set of safety and emissions standards. With this policy Schindler benefits from improved technology while simultaneously reducing Schindler’s overall carbon footprint.