Finalists revealed in green air cargo awards

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MIAMI, Florida  – The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has revealed the finalists of its second Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, sponsored by CHAMP Cargosystems.

This year, awards aim at recognizing outstanding businesses driving 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.

BeOn IoT, Drone Delivery Canada and Nepal Flying Labs are the finalists in the start-up category.

Jettainer, Pelican BioThermal and VRR are the shortlisted participants in the corporate category.

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 well 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
  • Naif Al-Abri, CEO, TRANSOM
  • Steven Polmans, director cargo and logistics, Brussels Airport
  • Susy Schoneberg, head, Flexport.

The evaluation criteria included the three aspects of sustainability – environmental, social, economic – as well as innovation and practical applicability of the solutions presented.

“In these extraordinary times, embracing digitization 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”, stated Chris McDermott, CEO of CHAMP Cargosystems.

All the finalists will be invited to present their products and solutions live at the Digital Air Cargo Forum (ACF), which takes place from December 1st to 10th. TIACA members will then vote online for the start-up category. The winners will be announced on the last day of the Digital ACF.