Brussels Airport Launches the First TIACA BlueSky Community Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miami, November 8, 2023
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), Air Cargo Belgium and formally announced the first TIACA BlueSky community program. The TIACA BlueSky program, launched in 2022, is the air cargo and logistics industry’s only program designed to provide individual companies with a verified independent assessment of their sustainability credentials.
Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company have established a sponsorship fund which will support 15 members with their BlueSky assessment by co-sharing their fees into the globally first TIACA BlueSky community program. Not only will this deliver the individual assessment to the members, more importantly this initiative will also provide a community report outlining Air Cargo Belgium’s shared sustainability objectives.
The BlueSky assessment covers 8 crucial areas of a company’s sustainability activity;
- Elimination of waste
- Protection of biodiversity
- Support for local economies and communities
- Improvement of lives and social well-being
- Efficiencies and profitability
- Attraction, retention, and development of employees
- Building and nurturing of partnerships
The program which will run until Q2 2024 will provide additional support for participating organizations and the collective results will also provide Brussels airport and Air Cargo Belgium clear guidance as to where their community could benefit from additional sustainability project initiatives.
“One of TIACA’s main focuses is to collaborate and unite the industry. The launch of a BlueSky Community program shows how much we can get done if we work together for a common front. This initiative is focused on creating a sustainable future by assessing and tracking where an airport community is on its path towards a sustainable air cargo. I couldn’t be happier that Brussels Airport and Air Cargo Belgium have chosen to embrace this initiative and encourage their community to continue their progress toward a sustainable future. We all know that Brussels Airport takes pride in all of its efforts toward sustainability, it shows in all they do. We look forward to seeing the results of the BlueSky assessment as well as seeing how the Brussels air cargo community continues on its path to sustainability.” Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair
Geert Aerts, Chief Cargo & Real Estate Officer, Brussels Airport Company : As a leading organization within the Stargate EU Green Deal initiative, Brussels Airport has recently successfully completed the Bluesky assessment . With this first TIACA BlueSky community program, Brussels Airport continues to pioneer, in collaboration with our tight-nit Brucargo communitytowards a more sustainable cargo Industry.
Freek De Witte, Director Air Cargo Belgium: From the point of view of shippers and also from a societal perspective, the air cargo sector has a specific challenge when it comes to becoming more sustainable. As Air Cargo Belgium we want to stay ahead of the curve by implanting this unique approach towards a ever more sustainable air cargo community.
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Notes to editors:
TIACA is The International Air Cargo Association, based in Miami, Florida. TIACA is the unique international not-for-profit association representing and uniting all parts of the air cargo industry: shippers, forwarders, ground handlers, airports, airlines, manufacturers, IT providers, etc. TIACA members are traditional players and new entrants, small, medium, and large companies with regional and global reach.
TIACA’s vision is a safe, profitable and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.
TIACA’s mission is to support, lead and unite the industry to achieve that vision; promote and encourage business, social, and technological innovation; protect the interests of its members with one voice on common interests; disseminate and enhance knowledge amongst members and the air cargo industry.