The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced the results of the third edition of the Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, run in partnership with one of the leading industry IT solutions providers CHAMP Cargosystems.
The Awards aim to recognize outstanding businesses and industry initiatives seeking to make air cargo more sustainable.
There were two categories being judged, one for Start-Up/Small Business and the second for Corporate and established businesses.
The jury, comprised of 6 industry leaders and sustainability champions evaluated the submissions on a number of criteria, including impact on society and industry, ease of implementation, innovation and the wow factor.
“the quality and variety of the submissions was very impressive and each would have been worthy winners,” stated a jury spokesperson.
“We had a difficult task to select just one corporate winner and three finalists from the start up and small business category.
“All submissions were inspiring to review and indicates the spirit of innovation is very strong across the industry.”
After the independent results were tabulated TIACA is pleased to announce the winner in the corporate category is United Airlines for its Eco-Skies Alliance program which is a new initiative for companies to come together and contribute to the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel, with over 20 major corporations having joined so far.
The Start-Up and Small Business category recognizes and encourages young growing businesses as well as small businesses building their presence in the air cargo industry and contributing to its sustainability transformation.
The jury selected three organizations as finalists in this category and each will be invited to present at the Executive Summit where the live audience will add their voice to selecting the ultimate winner.
The winner will receive a USD 10,000 cash prize with the two runners up receiving USD 2,500 each.
After the results were tabulated, the jury selected these three entries as the finalists based on the judgment criteria;
• Mission GO unmanned systems … Saving lives using unmanned aviation technology for organ transport
• WAVES … Making sustainability visible through the use of cloud technology, establishing the Sustainability Management Platform (SMP)
• Xfret … Promoting the development of cabin freight through an innovative container that can be placed on empty seats in commercial aircraft cabins
“Firstly, I want to congratulate all the organizations that submitted an entry, the jury comments were very well received and focused on the overall high quality of the applications.” Stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair.
“I would also like to thank the jury members for their time and dedication in reviewing the entries and the results of their deliberations.
“And of course, it gives great pleasure to congratulate United Cargo for being selected as the overall corporate winner and to the three startup / small business finalists.
“I look forward to their participation at the upcoming Executive Summit in San Francisco”.