Will be working with Etihad Cargo to track the necessary data for cargo shipments
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be trialing a carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions calculation tool specifically developed for cargo flights together with Etihad Airways.
To effectively manage and report on sustainability progress, the entire value chain – shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators – along with consumers are asking for reliable and trustworthy data calculations. This trial will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator.
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.
“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,” stressed Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group.
“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,” he added.
“This trial with Etihad will help us in bringing an industry-leading carbon calculator for cargo in the coming months,” commented Frederic Leger, IATA’s Senior Vice President for Commercial Products & Services.
About CO2 Connect for Passengers
IATA CO2 Connect is the most accurate tool available for the calculation of aviation emissions in passenger operations. It makes use of airline specific and actual fuel burn information and load factors. This sets it apart from theoretical data models.
IATA CO2 Connect is available to companies within and outside the travel value chain, such as travel management companies (TMCs), travel agencies, airlines, or multinational corporations.
They can access the relevant CO2 emissions data and integrate it in a customized manner into their existing flight booking tools. Travel managers or travelers can easily see the CO2 emissions per routing. The tool also permits the consolidation of data for reporting purposes.
IATA CO2 Connect utilizes the newly developed CO2Calculation Methodology, adopted by IATA’s Passenger Service Conference in March this year. This was conceived by leading partners from 20 airlines and major aircraft manufacturers, in consultation with international standard-setting bodies and logistics services providers, a press statement concluded.