IATA and Smart Freight Centre partner on CO2 emission calculations


Mumbai: International Air Transport Association (IATA) and smart freight center (SFC) recently announced a Partnerships Providing consistent and transparent CO2 emissions calculations air freight shipment,
This is an important step towards advancing the global air transport sector decarbonization effortsthe airlines' trade body said in a press statement.
“Both organizations will focus efforts on developing the cargo component of IATA's CO2 Connect offering, which has successfully launched its passenger version in 2022,” it said. The IATA CO2 Connect platform uses primary industry data for highly accurate carbon calculations. cooperation with SFC Clean Air Transport Program will promote a common functioning in CO2 emissions calculation And ensure air cargo delivers accurate and consistent CO2 calculations to the industry's largest shippers and freight forwarders, assisting them with pre-shipment and reporting purposes.
“Our partnership with Smart Freight Center will help us accelerate the development of CO2 Connect for air cargo as the most authoritative tool for carbon calculations. This is important for airlines, shippers and their customers, who need accurate calculations based on real data to support their contribution to global decarbonization efforts,” said Commercial Products and Services at IATA's World Cargo Symposium (WCS). said Frédéric Léger, IATA Senior Vice President for. ) in Hong Kong.
“An important milestone has been reached and it has been a long time in the making. The need for integrated emissions data is stronger than ever and this milestone enables cargo transportation service buyers to make well-founded, long-term decisions Transparency is key to driving decarbonization investments and activities, encouraging collaborative and synergistic action across the entire value chain. Our partnership with IATA will enable effective collaboration by building trust and sharing information across the value chain, Which, in turn, will help accelerate our ongoing efforts in decarbonizing the aviation industry,” said Andrea Schon, SFC director of the Clean Air Transportation Program.
IATA and SFC are working with Kuehne+Nagel as a pilot customer for IATA CO2 Connect for Cargo to ensure that the tool meets the needs and requirements of freight forwarders and their customers.
“As a freight forwarder, we can attest to the value this collaboration will bring to the industry and our customers.” said Fabiano Piccino, global head of sustainability air logistics at Kuehne+Nagel. “We are pleased to bring our expertise to the table and look forward to seeing this project pave the way for future sustainable solutions in aviation.”
The SFC Clean Air Transportation Program consists of more than 50 members, including airlines, freight forwarders, shippers and fuel providers. It engages in collaborative work to support aviation's decarbonization efforts.
IATA CO2 Connect for Cargo is a CO2 emissions calculator for air cargo shipments, using primary data from airlines. It will be available by Q4 2024.
“It considers airline specific fuel consumption, airline specific cargo load factors and passenger load factors from both full freighter and passenger aircraft carrying belly cargo to determine the correct ratio for belly cargo,” IATA said.
The CO2 data output provided will be aligned with IATA Recommended Practice 1678, as well as on Well-to-Wake (WTW), CO2e and CO2/tonne-km to meet the requirements of shippers reporting in those metrics. Will consider and provide output.

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