Brussels Airport kicks off first BlueSky community programme workshop

Air Cargo Belgium, Brussels Airport to support up to 15 members with their BlueSky assessment by co-sharing their fees

Brussels Airport kicks off first BlueSky community programme workshop
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The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and Air Cargo Belgium held the official launch workshop for the first global TIACA BlueSky airport community sponsored by Brussels Airport.

The TIACA BlueSky programme, launched in 2022, is the air cargo and logistics industry’s only programme designed to provide individual companies with a verified independent assessment of their sustainability credentials, says an official release.

"Air Cargo Belgium and Brussels Airport Company have established a sponsorship fund which will support up to 15 members with their BlueSky assessment by co-sharing their fees, formally establishing the first BlueSky community. The first wave of six pioneering companies joined together for a kickoff workshop led by Celine Hourcade, Founder of Change Horizon. Participants from Aviapartner, dnata, EFL Global, Ninatrans, Swissport and WFS, a member of the SATS Group, joined together to get sustainability insights, understand the benefits and principles of BlueSky and get ready for the assessment and verification process."

The BlueSky assessment covers eight critical priorities for air cargo companies:


*Elimination of waste

*Protection of biodiversity

*Support for local economies and communities

*Improvement of lives and social well-being

*Efficiencies and profitability

*Attraction, retention, and development of employees; and

Building and nurturing of partnerships.

“One of TIACA’s main focuses is to collaborate and unite the industry," says Steven Polmans, Chair, TIACA. "The holding of this workshop and launching the first BlueSky community shows how much we can get done if we work together for a common front. This initiative is focused on creating a sustainable future by assessing and tracking where an airport community is on its path towards a sustainable air cargo future.”

Geert Aerts, Chief Cargo & Real Estate Officer, Brussels Airport Company says: “Brussels Airport believes that the future of air cargo needs to be sustainable, and is constantly taking initiatives and implementing improvements towards it. At the same time, we are encouraging our stakeholders to also become more sustainable. By supporting the TIACA BlueSky programme, we are supporting our partners within our community in their efforts. With this first TIACA BlueSky community programme, Brussels Airport continues to pioneer, in collaboration with our tight-nit Brucargo community, towards a more sustainable cargo industry.”

Freek De Witte, Director, Air Cargo Belgium adds: "This is a landmark moment for BRUcargo and the air cargo industry at large. By coming together as a community to participate in the BlueSky programme, we are not only highlighting our commitment to sustainability but also setting a precedent for collaborative progress on a global scale."

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