The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the oneworld Alliance have just announced that they will launch a cargo calculator in 2024, supporting demands from shippers and freight forwarders to access accurate CO2 emissions derived from actual airline data. IATA and oneworld Alliance will work together in the field of CO2 emission calculations with all 13 oneworld member airlines committing to contributing operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator. IATA launched CO2 Connect in June 2022, with the objective of using member airline data, such as fuel burn, belly cargo and load factors, to provide high-quality per flight passenger CO2 emission calculations. In a recent opinion poll, 90 per cent of travellers stated they have a responsibility to know about the emissions of their flight, but only two in five do so. And while 84 per cent of those surveyed acknowledged it is easy to find tools to accurately estimate their carbon emissions, the vast majority (90%) expect airlines or travel agents to provide them with this information, indicating a reliance on the industry to proactively inform passengers about the carbon impact of their flights.
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