Building a better future: Peli BioThermal wins TIACA sustainability award

Peli BioThermal David Williams

Peli BioThermal has been named winner of the 2020 Air Cargo Sustainability Award in the corporate category by The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA).

The company was recognised for its work to improve sustainability through manufacturing and use of durable, reusable temperature-controlled packaging to replace single-use packaging.

In studies, Peli BioThermal’s Crēdo shipping containers demonstrated a 78 per cent reduction of global warming carbon footprint potential compared to single-use packaging.

“Our efforts to improve sustainability in manufacturing and our products is far-reaching – helping us and the companies we work with to achieve sustainability goals,” said Peli BioThermal’s president David Williams.

“We are honoured that an independent panel of judges recognised the work we are doing to protect our natural resources and the environment, as well as advance sustainability within air cargo.”

The awards aim to celebrate and encourage outstanding industry initiatives driving sustainability in air cargo. Nepal Flying Labs won in the start-up category for its Drone Optimized Therapy System which flies humanitarian and medical cargo drones to remote and hard to reach locations in Nepal.

TIACA’s transition director and head of sustainability program Céline Hourcade commented: “All participants presented innovative and diverse solutions advancing sustainability in the air cargo industry, including carbon and waste reduction, drones, humanitarian aid, packaging, ULDs, process efficiencies, people focus and Covid-19 relief.

“In a year marked by a global pandemic which disrupted our industry, problem solving and forward-thinking companies like Pelican BioThermal and Nepal Flying Labs bring hope that air cargo can come out of this crisis stronger and more resilient.”

The awards are sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems. The winners were determined by a group of independent judges representing TIACA’s sustainability strategic partnership members, including CHAMP Cargosystems, Turkish Cargo, TRANSOM, Brussels Airport and Flexport, as well as TIACA’s members.

CHAMP Cargosystems CEO Chris McDermott commented: “The Coronavirus pandemic is perhaps the biggest challenge our industry has faced but it is also an opportunity for a new beginning. Digitalisation, innovation and new technology are all elements that should be incorporated in our business plans and thinking to build a more sustainable future.”

An in-person ceremony is planned for the next physical TIACA event in 2021 following the loosening of the Covid-19-related restrictions.

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