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IATA, Etihad Cargo to trial CO2 emission calculator for air cargo

IATA, Etihad Cargo to trial CO2 emission calculator for air cargo

IATA will be working with Etihad Cargo to track the necessary data for cargo shipments over a three-month period

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced it will be trialling a CO2 emissions calculation tool specifically developed for cargo flights with Etihad Airways.

The calculator aims to effectively manage and report on sustainability progress to the entire value chain – shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators – along with consumers who are asking for reliable data calculations. This trial will provide valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator.

IATA has been providing IATA CO2 Connect for passenger flights since June this year, with actual fuel burn data of 57 aircraft types representing 98 per cent of the active global passenger fleet.

It makes use of airline-specific and actual fuel burn information and load factors, setting it apart from theoretical data models.

Calculating the carbon impact of cargo shipments has more challenging parameters, not least of which is the unpredictability of routing at the time of booking an air cargo shipment that can often include non-air segments. In addition, cargo can be carried on both dedicated freighter aircraft and in the bellies of passenger aircraft.

IATA will be working with Etihad Cargo to track the necessary data for cargo shipments during a three-month trial. Etihad will be sharing data from flights and advising on various use cases to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, consistency and transparency.

By mid-2023 IATA aims to launch CO2 Connect for Cargo providing the industry with precise and consistent methodologies for both passenger and cargo operations.

“With a strong commitment to innovation, Etihad Cargo actively seeks out and facilitates the development, trials and launch of promising solutions for its customers and partners. The airline’s development with IATA demonstrates the ability and willingness to co-create solutions to support Etihad Cargo’s journey to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and demonstrates the carrier’s agility in adopting state-of-the-art technology and digital solutions. IATA’s CO2 Connect carbon calculator will be an effective tool in making the transportation of cargo more sustainable and will benefit not only Etihad Cargo’s customers but also the wider air cargo sector in the future” said Martin Drew, SVP Global Sales and Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group.

“Aviation will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And our customers—travellers and shippers—need accurate information on the emissions related to their activities to manage their own commitments and reporting obligations.  For all these purposes, accurate data is critical. IATA CO2 Connect already provides this for passenger operations. This trial with Etihad will help us in bringing an industry-leading carbon calculator for cargo in the coming months,” said Frederic Leger, IATA’s SVP for Commercial Products and Services.

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