In response to air cargo industry’s call for an industry-specific tool to measure and recognise their sustainability progress, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has announced the take-off of the BlueSky programme, a sustainability assessment, validation and verification programme.TIACA says the BlueSky Programme is a tool that the air cargo industry can use to track their sustainability progress, benchmark against peers and accelerate the industry’s transformation. The programme is to be launched in phases, is a multi-tiered platform which renews every two years.
Assessment Guidelines – the first tier, is a way for companies to begin their verification and validation through awareness and self-assessment.
Desktop Verification – the second tier, begins with an online assessment and verification of the documents provided. A performance score in each area will be provided through a company dashboard.
Onsite Validation – the third tier, includes the desktop verification and an onsite independent audit. A performance score in each area as well as an excellence badge, detailed report with recommendations on how to become more sustainable will be provided through an enhanced company dashboard.
TIACA says it wants the programme to benefit not just the individual companies, but future partners and the air cargo industry at large by “providing a common vision, transparency, and a mechanism to demonstrate how businesses can grow responsibly as well as an improved image of the air cargo industry.” “We are excited to launch this new initiative that will allow companies to assess their sustainability initiatives and then have them verified and validated. The impact that this program will have on the industry is profound, by bringing transparency and collaboration on such a vital topic “Sustainability”, we will see the industry develop into one that is truly focused on People, Planet and Prosperity,” states Steven Polmans, TIACA chair.