At the recent IATA Cargo Committee held in Geneva on 13 September, a significant topic was that of Air Cargo and the Environment.
A number of important actions for IATA were agreed upon.
IATA’s approach to the environment is based on a clear vision and four-pillar strategy:
Within the context of IATA’s overall approach to the environment, specific action is needed in the area of air cargo. The following principles were agreed upon at the Cargo Committee:
- Vision: Zero carbon emissions
- Four pillar strategy:
- Foster the development and the deployment of technology as one of the main drivers of progress
- Encourage and assist airlines in further adopting best practices to make aircraft operations as efficient as possible
- Promote the implementation of efficient infrastructure
- Avoid economic measures that do not serve to improve environmental performance, including punitive taxes and charges
- The question of the environment should be added to the IATA Cargo agenda alongside e-freight, Cargo 2000, Safety, Security, and CASS
- IATA should support a study engaging consumers and independent third parties to measure the carbon footprint of air freight products in comparison with other modes. Such a study should establish facts, metrics and best practices.
The environment will be a spotlight theme at the IATA World Cargo Symposium: “Focus on the Customer” in Rome, 3 - 6 March 2008. Come and join us!
IATA World Cargo Symposium 2008
Focus on the Customer
3-6 March 2008 — Rome, Italy