The programme assesses, verifies and validates sustainability performance with Etihad Cargo completing an evidence-based desktop verification assessment where its initiatives and programmes were assessed by independent validators.
It was assessed against 8 key objectives under 3 main themes including environment, society, and culture and leadership with 30 specific actions the industry should prioritise to maximise its contribution to a sustainable world and minimise its negative environmental impact.
Etihad Cargo achieved an advanced rating for the decarbonisation objective, demonstrating progress in investing in and deploying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), upgrading its fleet and ground vehicles, reducing energy consumption and optimising fleet utilisation.
The airline scored highly in partnerships due to signing agreements with Neste to use SAF and joining forces with CEPSA to advance the research and development of SAF and develop energy alternatives.
Efforts to protect local and international wildlife including flora and fauna, were recognised by a strong performance rating for biodiversity protection
Ratings for other criteria including waste management, supporting economies, livelihood and social well-being, efficiency and workforce demonstrated significant progress towards achieving targets.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales and Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, says, “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 of 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.”
The BlueSky assessment is designed to be renewed every 2 years with Etihad Cargo utilising the personalised dashboard and assessment results to support sustainable transformation and continue to enhance its strategy and roadmap.