TIACA Announces the 5th Sustainability Award Finalists for the Start-up/Small Business Category


The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announced the results of the fifth edition of the Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, run in partnership with one of the leading industry IT solution providers CHAMP Cargosystems.  The Awards aim to recognize outstanding businesses and industry initiatives seeking to make air cargo more sustainable.  There were two categories being judged, one for Start-Up/Small Business and the second for Corporate and established businesses.

The jury, comprised of 5 industry leaders and sustainability champions evaluated the submissions on a number of criteria, including impact on society and industry, ease of implementation, innovation, and the wow factor.

The Jury selected the overall corporate winner as well as the three Start-Up / Small Business category finalists.

“It has been terrific to see so many remarkable submissions for this year’s Air Cargo Sustainability Awards. I’d like to thank the jury for their unwavering commitment in reviewing all of the entries. I would also like to congratulate the worthy winners of the corporate and the Start-Up and Small Business awards,” said Chris McDermott, CEO CHAMP Cargosystems.

After the independent results were tabulated TIACA is pleased to announce the winner in the corporate category is LATAM Cargo for its  Necessary Destination program which is a comprehensive and robust compendium of initiatives that aim to drive sustainable development in South America through three fundamental pillars: Climate Change, Circular Economy and Shared Value.

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The Start-Up and Small Business category recognizes and encourages young growing businesses as well as small businesses building their presence in the air cargo industry and contributing to its sustainability transformation.  The jury selected three organizations as finalists in this category and each presented their initiative during the Executive Summit where the live audience selected the ultimate winner.

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Regent Craft has won the Start-up/Small Business award for the 2023 edition of the Sustainability Awards and will receive a cash prize of USD 10,000.

Pledge and VRR Collapsible are the runners up for the 2023 Sustainability Awards and will be receiving USD 2,500 each.

  • Pledge … Freight Emissions Calculation and Offsetting tools
  • Regent Craft … Unlocking emission-free cargo transportation between coastal cities using sea gliders
  • VRR Collapsible … Addressing the global ULD imbalance

“After reviewing all of the entries, the level of innovation and thought that has been put into making air cargo more sustainable truly gives me hope. I must congratulate all who have worked so hard to meet the call for a sustainable future. I would also like to thank the jury members for their time and dedication in reviewing the entries and the results of their deliberations. 

And of course, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate LATAM Cargo for being selected as the overall Corporate Winner and Regent Craft as the Start-up/Small Business winner.  I thank everyone who participated in the awards for sharing their work and look forward to getting information out there on all of the good work the industry is doing to become more sustainable.” Stated Steven Polmans, TIACA Chair

The official awards ceremony was held during the Executive Summit 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

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