Air cargo paving way for sustainable future: TIACA

71% of airports confirm that they are transitioning to green buildings, while 79% are actively tackling their water management issues. Nearly 80% of them are also focusing on reducing their noise footprint, according to Insights Report, supporting TIACA’s Sustainability Programme and development of new projects.

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TIACA released the fourth comprehensive study undertaken on the air cargo industry’s sustainability position. The results compared to previous reports and published as the 2024 Insights Report, demonstrate the progress the industry has made towards a more sustainable future.

The Insights Report supports the association’s comprehensive Sustainability Programme focused on people, planet and prosperity supported by innovation and partnership. The report showcases the work of the Sustainability Programme and the development of new projects that support a sustainable air cargo industry.

“The results of the TIACA’s Insights Report are encouraging and while we have made progress on the sustainability front; we still have a lot of work to do. The report allows us to see how far we have come from the initial launch four years ago to where we are today, as well as those areas that we need to put more focus on,” said Steven Polmans, Chair, TIACA.  The highlights of the report are as follows:

  • As many as 91 per cent of the respondents confirm C-suite sustainability is supported by their CEO, 81 per cent by their CFO and 97 per cent highlight sustainability is more important than last year
  • The report reveals companies see a clear connection
    between their ESG performance and their reputation (85%) and attractiveness (73%) but less so for their bottom line (39%)
  • The pressure from the regulators keeps increasing year-on-year: only 37 per cent of the respondents in 2021 indicated regulatory pressure, while it is now 61 per cent, i.e. six points more than last year and 24 points compared to than the last year
  • While 71 per cent have a sustainability strategy, this number hides the differences between the large (92%) and small-sized companies (46%)
  • The air cargo industry first tackles efficiencies and operational excellence with innovation and digitalisation fuelling the modernisation efforts
  • The air cargo industry continues investing in people through several training programmes (79%) and employee well-being (76%). As many as 70 per cent declare that they take action in order to advance their diversity and
    inclusion credentials
  • 71 per cent of airports confirm they are transitioning to green buildings, and 79 per cent are actively tackling their water management issues and 80 per cent are focusing on reducing their noise footprint

The report classifies the various aspects of sustainability into three key areas—critical items to operate successfully, essential items to grow and a wide range of exemplary areas to differentiate. “The report underlines how vital sustainability has become within the industry and supports TIACA’s Sustainability Programme. As we continue our work on this front, we look for ways and means to help guide the industry towards a sustainable future. We look forward to launch of new projects that will continue to support the industry’s sustainability path, including Invest In Climate Action and Air Cargo Training Library platforms, likely to be launched this week,” Glyn Hughes, DG, TIACA, said.