“The time to act is now”: TIACA publishes air cargo sustainability roadmap

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has published the industry’s first air cargo sustainability roadmap.

Designed to support the air cargo industry through a “period of transformation”, the roadmap provides guidance in the form of 30 “actionable priorities” addressing eight areas:

  1. Decarbonisation
  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

TIACA said the roadmap examines the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and maps how air cargo contributes to their attainment.

“As we look ahead to the post-Covid world, we fully expect the topic of sustainability to be a significant driver of future industry success,” said TIACA’s director general Glyn Hughes. “We anticipate it will become our license to operate with industry customers and business partners demanding excellence in all aspects of sustainable performance; therefore the time to act is now.”

The roadmap also details four areas where TIACA will support the industry:

  1. “Advocating for supportive industry regulations and recognition from governments of the vital role air cargo plays to support the global society and the global economy.
  2. “Supporting Members as they progress with their sustainability transformation journey.
  3. “Recognizing and highlighting inspirational excellence and showcasing members success.
  4. “Providing a platform where industry can celebrate achievements and create a diverse and inclusive workforce with enhanced opportunities for all.”

TIACA’s chair Steven Polmans added: “I am proud of this latest deliverable in the TIACA sustainability portfolio, which also comprises annual surveys, industry report card, an awards programme, training, and people development initiatives, with even more things in the pipeline. The board sees this as a critical priority, and we are pleased to support our members and the wider air cargo community with tools and materials.”

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