Etihad Cargo gets advanced rating from TIACA for decarbonisation moves
Etihad Cargo has completed the TIACA BlueSky Sustainability Verification Programme assessment
Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has achieved a major milestone in its sustainability journey, achieving advanced rating in The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) BlueSky Sustainability Verification Programme assessment.
"The carrier was the first Middle Eastern airline to join the programme, which aims to assess, verify and validate the sustainability performance of air cargo carriers," says an official release from Etihad.
Etihad Cargo completed an evidence-based desktop verification assessment in which independent validators assessed the carrier's sustainability initiatives and programmes against eight key objectives, the release added. "These eight objectives fall under three main themes including environment, society and culture and leadership, and encompass 30 specific actions the air cargo industry should prioritise to maximise its contribution to a sustainable world and minimise its negative environmental impact."
The carrier achieved an advanced rating for the decarbonisation objective, demonstrating the airline's progress in investing in and deploying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), upgrading aerial fleets and ground vehicles to reduce carbon emissions, reducing energy consumption across its operations, and optimising fleet utilisation, the release added.
"The assessment results Etihad Cargo has achieved are a great achievement," says Martin Drew, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Cargo. "While the air cargo industry is moving in the right direction, there is still much to do if the sector is to reach its net-zero targets by 2050. Etihad Cargo is committed to establishing partnerships and developing initiatives that will contribute to a greener future for the air cargo community, and the BlueSky Sustainability Verification Programme is a valuable tool in identifying strengths and areas for improvement. The results will act as an enabler for Etihad Cargo to further advance its sustainability efforts, and the carrier is actively targeting year-on-year progress."
Glyn Hughes, Director General, TIACA adds: "I would like to congratulate Etihad Cargo for their TIACA BlueSky assessment results, achieving an advanced rating in the critical area of decarbonisation, which is a testament to the strategic focus and successful execution of a number of programmes and initiatives designed to reduce the impact on the environment while continuing to serve global air cargo markets."
TIACA's BlueSky assessment is designed to be renewed every two years, the release added.