We are continually searching for innovative ways to reduce the carbon intensity of our vehicle fleet. And, by increasing the use of remote monitoring and adaptive servicing of our products, we are further reducing the need to travel.
We operate a global fleet of more than 20,000 vehicles to effectively maintain our product portfolio and deliver swift and reliable services to our customers. These vehicles account for the largest proportion of our direct energy consumption.
Over the years, we have diversified our action to progress on our fleet target while recognizing the need to speed up our transition toward a more sustainable fleet of vehicles. Our commitment to reduce fleet emissions is stipulated in our Global Fleet Policy.
We have also broadened the focus to a life cycle perspective, including spare parts and material delivery, and are exploring innovative mobility solutions for more sustainable modes of transportation.
The intensity of the carbon footprint of our global fleet of vehicles (t CO2e/CHF million at 2017 average rates) decreased by 23% in 2021 vs. 2017. Without adjusting the methodology, the intensity of the carbon footprint of our global fleet was 16%.
Optimizing mobility of our service technicians in a way they spend less time driving a car in traffic and having more time for their customer is a win-win situation for our customers, the environment, and Schindler.
Guillaume M. De Subercasaux, Global Mobility Manager
We are permanently rethinking the size and type of our service fleet vehicles. In dense city environments small electric cars, e-bikes or public transport can be the more efficient, faster, and environmentally friendly option.
Digital remote monitoring significantly reduces the number of unscheduled visits. With that, overall mileage related to site visits decreases, helping to lower fuel consumption and the carbon footprint of our service fleet.
Our service technicians are notified in only when there is an issue or an irregularity. They then can rely on the expert knowledge at the Schindler’s Technical Operation Centers, a global interconnected network of technical specialists and data analysts, to fix the matter.