SEKO Logistics joins the sustainable air freight alliance

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SEKO Logistics' James Gagne

SEKO Logistics has joined the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA) to accelerate its global decarbonisation program and help clients achieve their own sustainability goals.

The Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA) is a buyer-supplier collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders and airlines to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport.

Its reporting airlines are AirBridgeCargo Airlines, American Airlines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Delta Air Lines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, Polar Air Cargo, SAS and United Airlines. SAFA’s membership also includes global shippers; h & m hennes & mauritz ab, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Louis Vuitton, LVMH Moët Hennessy, Mowi ASA, NIKE, Inc., and PUMA SE.

“We have a responsibility to join other global business leaders in this initiative because our industry must do more to protect our planet for future generations,” said James Gagne, president & CEO of SEKO Logistics.

“This is not a cliché, it’s a reality. SAFA is a tangible opportunity for us to contribute to the positive decarbonisation work being undertaken by the aviation industry, airlines and companies like SEKO to make a positive difference. Companies which lack a sustainability strategy will see their growth threatened because clients will take their business elsewhere if their partners do not take this seriously. This is a collaborative effort in which we can do more and act faster by working together. Joining SAFA will enable us to help our clients achieve their own sustainability goals too, which is how it should be.”

The aviation industry has been proactively stepping up sustainability programs to meet new regulations, helped by advancements in aircraft technologies and greater fuel efficiency, as well as progress in relation to the use of biofuels. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has established its Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to focus on the purchase of credits and lower carbon fuels, while the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is targeting a reduction in net aviation CO₂ emissions of 50% by 2050.

SAFA provides a collaborative platform for sharing and learning sustainability information, best practices, and innovation to help achieve company goals. Airlines report on qualitative data, including carbon efficiency for fleet (average), per trade lane, per flight classification, and per aircraft model. This encapsulates policies and compliance, sustainability governance, greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint disclosure and targets, and alignment with ICAO goals for sustainable fuels offsets.

This carrier-specific data enables shippers and forwarders to more accurately measure carbon footprint, set their own GHG reduction targets and track progress against them.