The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced the finalists of its second Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems. This year, the Awards aim at recognizing outstanding businesses driving the industry’s sustainability agenda in air cargo in two categories, a Corporate category designed for established companies and a Start-up category created for new and fast-growing small businesses.

The shortlisted participants in Start-up category: 

  • BeOn IoT
  • Drone Delivery Canada
  • Nepal Flying Labs

The shortlisted participants in Corporate category:

  • Jettainer
  • Pelican BioThermal
  • VRR

TIACA received 23 applications for the Awards from a diverse group of companies advancing sustainability in air cargo industry, including areas of carbon reduction, drones, humanitarian aid, waste reduction, packaging, ULDs, process efficiencies, people and COVID-19 relief.

“More than ever before, sustainable solutions and processes are critical to ensure long-term relevance and profitability of the air cargo industry. We were pleased with the diversity of applications to this year’s Awards and impressed by their quality. I am convinced that with such a broad array of young start-ups and large businesses pushing the limits in innovation our industry’s sustainable future is bright, - said Céline Hourcade, Transition Director and Head of Sustainability Program, TIACA. “I congratulate all the finalists of the Awards and look forward to hearing more about their solutions at the Digital Air Cargo Forum this December.”

All entries were evaluated by an independent panel of five judges: Chris McDermott, CEO, CHAMP Cargosystems, Deniz Kargaci, Manager, Corporate Sustainability Management, Turkish Airlines, Eng Naif Al-Abri, CEO, TRANSOM, Steven Polmans, Director Cargo and Logistics, Brussels Airport and Susy Schoneberg, Head, Flexport. The evaluation criteria included the three aspects of sustainability – environmental, social, economic – as well as innovation and practical applicability of presented solutions.

“For the second consecutive year we, at CHAMP Cargosystems, are proud to be the exclusive sponsors of these Sustainability Awards, and to support the excellent work of our strategic partners, TIACA, in promoting the importance of sustainability in the air cargo industry. In these extraordinary times, embracing digitalization and innovative technologies is more crucial than ever to help companies create a more sustainable future for themselves and for the generations to come. We are extremely fortunate this year to have such a strong range of candidates to choose from, with great ideas from both corporations and start-ups. I would like to thank all of the companies taking part for their commitment to helping create a more sustainable air cargo industry in the future”, states Chris McDermott, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems.

All the finalists will be invited to present their products and solutions live at the Sustainability4Cargo session of the Digital Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in early December, followed by an online voting by the TIACA members. The winners will be announced on the last day of the Digital ACF.