The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) who represent all segments of the air freight supply chain have recently announced they have created a new working group to devise and launch a new Sustainability Program for the air cargo industry.

The initiative will be supported by Luxembourg-based air cargo IT solutions provider, CHAMP Cargosystems, who has signed a long-term partnership agreement with TIACA. The new project includes a yearly Air Cargo Sustainability Award that will be presented at the TIACA Executive Summit later in 2019.

Director Cargo and Logistics at Brussels Airport Company and the incoming Chairman of TIACA, Steven Polmans explained, “Sustainable development means being able to meet the business needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to find solutions to their commercial challenges, in the aviation and air cargo logistics sector, in common with all parts of our society, sustainability has an increasingly important role to play.”

Mr. Polmans further added, “The development of long-term strategies and investment to achieve a sustainable industry is key to guaranteeing the future of air cargo and TIACA, as the only organization representing all sectors of the supply chain, is in a unique position to drive that development.”

TIACA will create a Sustainability Committee with the sole purpose of acting as a working group which will develop the Program and monitor the delivery of the initiatives.

CHAMP Cargosystems CEO, Arnaud Lambert had this to say about the new partnership, “CHAMP Cargosystems is extremely pleased to establish this sustainable initiative in partnership with TIACA, our commitment stands to jointly create a program that will have a positive global outcome − first for society and then for business. Sustainability is a subject often considered in the development of our IT solutions like CO2 emission calculator solutions, integration, or paper-free solutions for the air cargo business but is definitely not limited to this only.”

Mr. Lambert continued, “We are looking forward to defining and implementing strategies for achieving positive and substantial results in Optimizing our Environmental Footprint (OEF) and minimizing logistics-related emissions or waste, for example.

“All this can only be done in synergetic collaboration with all industry players. Ultimately, each of us is responsible for tomorrow’s world, and we are accountable for the future state of the Earth − not only for us, but also for those who will inherit it.”