Etihad Cargo becomes 1st ME carrier to join TIACA’s BlueSky program

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has advanced its sustainability journey by becoming the first Middle Eastern carrier to participate in The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) BlueSky Sustainability Verification Program.

“Etihad Cargo is one of the first participants to join the program’s live operations, following the March 2022 launch announcement of the air cargo industry’s first multi-sector sustainability verification program and successful pilot program,” as per the statement.

The first phase of the program comprises an evidence-based desktop verification process in which participants can assess their progress against eight critical sustainability criteria, including decarbonization, waste elimination, biodiversity protection, support for local economies and communities, impact on society improvement, efficiency and profitability, employee engagement, retention and development, as well as partnership building.

Martin Drew
Martin Drew
SVP – Sales & Cargo
Etihad Airways

“Sustainability remains a key pillar of Etihad Cargo’s agenda. Although the air cargo industry has historically been considered less sustainable than other methods of transportation, the sector is making great strides in developing more sustainable solutions and is investing in fleet modernization, fuel efficiency, sustainable aviation fuel, and carbon compensation initiatives. Participating in TIACA’s BlueSky program is just the latest step Etihad Cargo has taken to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

“The assessment process will enable Etihad Cargo to more effectively measure the carrier’s performance and track its sustainability progress as it continues on its sustainability journey, which will benefit Etihad Cargo’s customers and the wider air cargo industry,” Mr. Drew added.

Upon completion of the tailored assessment process, Etihad Cargo will receive a personalized dashboard that displays the carrier’s performance. Later phases of the program will include the option for a full onsite audit with an in-depth report that highlights areas for improvement, as per the statement.

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