IATA and Etihad to test CO2 emissions calculator for cargo flights
IATA, in partnership with Etihad Airways, is preparing to test a tool for calculating CO2 emissions specifically developed for cargo flights.
The trial will provide valuable proof of concept for the freight component of the IATA CO2 Connect Carbon Calculator.
IATA has successfully provided IATA CO2 Connect for passenger flights since June this year, with actual fuel consumption data for 57 aircraft types representing approximately 98% of the active global passenger fleet. The calculator uses airline-specific data on fuel consumption and load factors, making it one of the most accurate on the market.
Etihad Cargo A350F
“Aviation will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And our customers – travelers and shippers – need accurate information about emissions related to their activities to manage their own commitments and reporting obligations,” said said Frederic Leger, IATA senior vice president for commercial products. & Services. “For all of these purposes, accurate data is essential. IATA CO2 Connect already offers it for passenger operations. This trial with Etihad will help us bring an industry-leading carbon calculator to freight in the months to come.
Calculating the carbon impact of freight shipments has more difficult parameters, including the unpredictability of the route when booking an air freight shipment which can often include non-air segments. Moreover, cargo can be transported both on dedicated cargo planes and in the belly of passenger planes.
IATA will work with Etihad Cargo to track data needed for cargo shipments during a three-month trial. Etihad will share flight data and advise on various use cases to achieve the highest levels of accuracy, consistency and transparency.
By mid-2023, IATA aims to launch CO2 Connect for Cargo by providing the industry with accurate and consistent methodologies for passenger and cargo operations.
“The airline’s development with IATA demonstrates the ability and willingness to co-create solutions to support Etihad Cargo’s journey towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and demonstrates the agility of the carrier to adopt cutting-edge technology and digital solutions,” said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group. “IATA’s CO2 Connect Carbon Calculator will be an effective tool in making freight transport more sustainable and will benefit not only Etihad Cargo’s customers, but also the wider air cargo industry in the future.”
IATA CO2 Connect is available for companies inside and outside the travel value chain, such as TMCs, travel agencies, airlines or multinationals. They can access relevant CO2 emissions data and integrate it in a personalized way into their existing flight booking tools so that travel managers and/or travelers can easily see CO2 emissions by itinerary. The tool also allows data consolidation for reporting purposes.