Air Cargo Digitalisation and Sustainability

Digitalisation has helped bring the sustainability trend in the Air Cargo Industry, globally. The industry has witnessed a significant shift to adopting more sustainable practices that, largely, help the environment. According to IATA, around 2.5 million lives were saved with the transportation of vaccines, worldwide during COVID times. 

Moreover, the pandemic has also led to the growth of digitalisation in the Air Cargo business. The paperwork reduced manifold and the companies shifted to the electronic air waybills (AWB) and Saas for management. This smart and responsible move has a notable impact on the environment. The paperless trade has increased safety to avoid errors, data leakage or Cargo theft. 

How has the Air Cargo Industry adopted sustainable practices?

According to the records published by Our World in Data, air transport is responsible for almost 2% of global carbon emissions. There are certain practices that the Air Cargo Industry has adopted.

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

Due to the rising environmental concerns, sustainable aviation fuel has gained popularity. SAFs are made of waste oils, and feedstocks, to name a few. SAF has resulted in lower particle emissions for a greener environment. Also, SAF has been reported to be better than commercial fuels. 

Efficient Aircrafts

With the increasing vigilance in the industry, more carriers like FedEx and UPS have shifted towards more efficient aircraft designed to minimise the negative impacts on the environment. Moreover, air carriers tend to deliver packages quickly to the customers’ doorstep. 

Growth of e-freight

The most tedious and time-consuming task is the lengthy paperwork. With the growth of e-freight, all the paperwork is digital, starting from the time of shipment to the time of delivery. The paperless process makes the procedure swift and effortless. This shift from the traditional method has benefited the Air Cargo Industry. 

Moreover, several companies have also planned to invest in Carbon offsets for sustainability.

But, let’s understand what carbon offset is? 

A carbon offset is an investment that helps to pull out carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to compensate for emissions, like planting trees.

Companies are also taking conscious steps to track emissions of varied SAFs to ensure to use the best one possible. To sum up, these are some of the steps that help in sustainability, with digitalisation playing a significant role.

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