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The Roadmap Towards a Sustainable Air Cargo

A quick google search for the word Sustainability generates over 1.3 billion entries demonstrating how the topic has become a critical component of our work, social, recreational, and family time.  It is a key priority of the TIACA board and we are developing a number of programs addressing the three Ps of PEOPLE, PLANET and PROSPERITY.

With regards to the PLANET aspect, we are all aware that COP26 recently met in Glasgow and a number of key declarations were agreed to, here is a quick summary.

  • Deforestation: 141 states support a declaration on forests:
  • Methane: 104 countries join the Global Methane Pledge and commit to a collective goal of reducing global methane emissions by at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030:
  • Cars: 38 countries, a number of cities and companies work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emissions globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets:
  • Coal: 46 countries sign a statement supporting the transition away from coal:
  • Shipping: Clydebank Declaration for Green Shipping Corridors – zero-emission maritime routes between 2 (or more) ports (22 countries):
  • Aviation: The International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition (IACAC) was launched with an initial 23 countries calling for a strong ICAO long-term goal at next year’s assembly,

Clearly there is action being coordinated and with growing alignment amongst states around the world, we can move to follow as much needs to be done.

With that regard, TIACA was very pleased to launch the AIR CARGO SUSTAINABILITY ROADMAP, to coincide with the COP discussions on transport.

The ROADMAP is the first industry document which looks at Air Cargo’s role in supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It showcases current examples of industry value and excellence and sets out a framework with practical measures that can be taken to help the industry along its sustainability transformational journey.

It provides practical guidance in the form of 30 actionable priorities addressing 8 key areas;

  1. Decarbonization
  2. Elimination of waste
  3. Protecting biodiversity
  4. Supporting local economies and communities
  5. Improving lives and well-being
  6. Improving efficiencies and profitability
  7. Attracting, retaining, and developing employees
  8. Building and nurturing partnerships

Click here to download the full document.