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Cargo Sustainability

Tackling sustainability challenges

Together with its supply chain partners, IATA has defined Sustainability as one of the four main priorities for the GACAG, the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group.

The GACAG Sustainability Task Force has therefore been set-up in 2012 to address environmental, social and economic issues.

“Actions for sustainability” was also the theme of 2013 World Cargo Symposium acknowledging the need for the air cargo industry to develop long-term strategies and investments.

Three-dimension approach

Social impacts

The IATA FACE program (for Future Air Cargo Executives) is a strategy to attract, recognize and retain and develop talents in the air cargo industry. 

Environment impacts

The aviation industry has committed to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020 and 50% reduction by 2050. No other industry has set up such ambitious environmental targets!

To support it, IATA has developed the 4-pillar strategy to reduce aviation carbon emissions: investing in technology, improving operational efficiency, building and using efficient infrastructure and providing incentives through positive economic instrument.

More info on the IATA Environment.

IATA is now looking at the cargo part of the airline business:

  • Measurement and reporting of CO2 emissions for air freight
  • Noise and issues of bans on night flights
  • Use of lightweight ULDs

More on Green Cargo initiatives.

Economic impacts

The “air cargo makes it happen” campaign has been launched in 2012 to communicate the importance of air cargo for global trade and local communities’ development. The goal is to encourage investments in cargo infrastructure and modern equipment, as well as promote adequate regulations supporting trade. 


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