CargoTech announces sustainability initiatives

Sustainability is not an objective, but a tangible reality for CargoTech’s member companies: Wiremind, CargoAi, Rotate, and CharterSync reads their joint release. Because all CargoTech members offer tailored products that enhance visibility, process efficiency and awareness of improvement areas, illustrates Cèdric Millet, President of CargoTech. Its members share a common interest in developing smart, tailored solutions for the air cargo industry in close collaboration with its stakeholders and each other, states the joint release.  

Cedric Millet, President of CargoTech – company courtesy

CargoAi’s pioneering Cargo2ZERO CO2 footprint reporting product, launched in September 2022, is one such example, and earned CargoAi a sustainability award at the TIACA conference in Miami later that year. “We are always open to develop and push joint products with other industry peer,” notes Magali Beauregard, Chief Customer Officer at Cargo Ai.

The CargoTech group members unanimously emphasize that sustainability requires investment and change. A CharterSync research paper which examined several carbon offset initiatives, found that the ultimate shipper of the goods may often insist on the cheapest price rather than the most sustainable option. Forwarders, on the other hand, are increasingly including sustainability evaluation metrics in their procurement processes, which will promote a re-evaluation of airline fleets, replacing aging freighters with more fuel-economic modern aircraft and cleaner fuel alternatives. 

The biggest challenge aviation is facing mid-term is to find ways to keep flying. Optimists think that technology (electric aircraft, more sustainable fuel, etc.) will be a big part of the solution, while pessimists hold that it needs to cut parts of what is currently flying. “The answer is possibly a blend of both solutions,” argues Nathanaël de Tarade, CEO Wiremind. His company’s contribution is to ensure that load efficiencies are maximized so that every flight is used to full capacity for a better emission to impact ratio. 

CargoAi also views short-term price thinking without considering its long-term impact as one of the major challenges faced by the air cargo industry and seeks to educate the industry to bring about more sustainable procurement decisions.

Wiremind is aiming to release its SkyPallet 2.0 before the summer. The new software is designed to achieve higher load factors per ULD, resulting in less wasted capacity and more volumes on each flight.  

Sustainability criteria increasingly play a role in business decisions, as Ryan Keyrouse, CEO of Rotate, confirms: “For many years, commercial decisions were driven by contribution or profitability metrics, but these days, sustainability metrics are becoming more and more important. He announces that Rotate will add emissions data to its Live Capacity platform, this year, to ensure that customers have the relevant parameters required to optimize their networks. 

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