(12 Nov 2021)
 
Qatar Cargo has become the first cargo
carrier to join the IATA CO2NNECT platform.

Kuehne+Nagel, one of the
world’s leading freight forwarders, is the launch customer for the
platform.

This new chapter of the voluntary carbon
offsetting program, built under an IATA umbrella, establishes an
industry milestone to accelerate the decarbonisation of aviation
and enables air cargo shipments to become carbon neutral by
offering an integrated carbon calculation and offset solution
between Qatar Airways, shippers, and freight forwarders such as
Kuehne+Nagel.

Qatar Cargo Boeing 747F. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, said, “The
industry target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
applies to both passengers and cargo. It also needs all
stakeholders in the industry to work together and embrace
innovative solutions. Congratulations to Qatar Airways Cargo for
being the first to implement CO2NNECT, and to Kuehne+Nagel for
being a launch customer. The launch of
this offsetting solution shows our industry-wide commitment to
sustainable air cargo.”

IATA CO2NNECT will provide its customers assurance that the
credits bought to offset these emissions are from projects
delivering independently verified carbon reductions, as well as
wider environmental and social benefits.

The pilot project was launched on four routes,
with plans to extend to the rest of its cargo network of over
sixty freighter destinations and more than 140 passenger destinations worldwide.

The pilot uses an IATA industry best practice for
calculating CO2 emissions per freight kg and only verified and ICAO CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and
Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) eligible offsets will
be used.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,
Akbar Al Baker, said, “As Qatar Airways first
launched its carbon offset programme for passengers in 2020, we
are pleased to now offer them the option of transporting the air
cargo in a CO2 neutral way in the future. Qatar Airways Cargo has
always been at the forefront of industry initiatives. I am proud
of our efforts to support aviation industry in achieving the
ambitious carbon emission reduction targets.”


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