IAPCO’s 54th Annual Meeting in Ljubljana: Fostering Innovation and Sustainability in the Meetings Industry

(IN SHORT) From February 28th to March 2nd, 2024, the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) is holding its 54th annual meeting and general assembly in Ljubljana, Slovenia. With around 160 directors and owners of congress agencies attending from across the globe, the event, organized by Cankarjev dom with support from local and national… Read the full press release

Cathay Cargo Terminal Boosts Sustainability with 50% Recycled Plastic Cover Sheets

Focusing on sustainability leadership in cargo operations (IN SHORT) Cathay Cargo Terminal in Hong Kong takes a significant step towards sustainability by adopting 50% recycled plastic cargo cover sheets for all Export Cargo shipments, surpassing its previous 30% recycled content specifications. Developed in collaboration with suppliers and rigorously tested, the new material aligns with Cathay… Read the full press release

Singapore Aviation Industry Eyes Hydrogen Fuel for Decarbonization

(IN SHORT) The Singapore Hydrogen Cooperation Committee, comprising Airbus, Changi Airport Group, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), and Linde, is spearheading efforts to integrate hydrogen fuel into the nation’s aviation decarbonization strategy. Through a comprehensive study, the committee explores the feasibility of using liquid hydrogen to power future aircraft, emphasizing the need for infrastructure… Read the full press release

Khiri Reach Partners with Wildlife Alliance for $15,000 Forest Reclamation Project in Cambodia: Commitment to Reforestation and Biodiversity Conservation

Khiri Reach, the 16-year old charitable arm of Khiri Travel, has joined Wildlife Alliance’s ambitious long-term One Million Tree initiative to reforest illegally cleared land in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains (IN SHORT) Khiri Reach, the charitable arm of Khiri Travel, has committed $15,000 to the One Million Tree reforestation project in Cambodia’s Koh Kong and Sihanoukville… Read the full press release

Emirates Flight Catering Completes Acquisition of Bustanica, World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm

The acquisition makes Bustanica a 100% UAE-owned agriculture venture (IN SHORT) Emirates Flight Catering has finalized the acquisition of Emirates Bustanica, formerly known as Emirates Crop One, solidifying its status as the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. This strategic move reinforces the UAE’s commitment to bolstering food security and agricultural capabilities. Situated near Dubai World… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Spearheading Eco-Friendly Travel Initiatives

Building Relationships and Connections through Movement and Contributing to Social Solutions (IN SHORT) On September 1, 2023, Japan Airlines (JAL) made history by becoming the first airline group worldwide to join The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a body dedicated to establishing and overseeing global standards for sustainable tourism. Through a strategic partnership with Sakura… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport Achieves Top Sustainability Recognition with Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation

(IN SHORT) Auckland Airport has been granted Level 4 Airport Carbon Accreditation by the Airports Council International (ACI), placing it among the leading airports globally in sustainability efforts. Acknowledging the significance of this achievement, Mary-Liz Tuck, Auckland Airport’s Chief Sustainability and Master Planning Officer, emphasizes the airport’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and aiding… Read the full press release

Capital A Earns Top Sustainability Ratings in Aviation Industry

(IN SHORT) Capital A, the parent company of AirAsia, has received prestigious sustainability ratings affirming its commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices. AirAsia was awarded the GOLD Environmental Sustainability rating by the Centre for Aviation, highlighting its efficiency and environmental performance post-pandemic. Additionally, Capital A ranked 15th out of 124 airlines in the… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport’s Green Leap: Doubling Solar Energy Capacity to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

(IN SHORT) Brussels Airport is making significant strides towards its goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 by doubling its solar energy capacity. The airport is investing in green energy infrastructure, particularly solar power, with the installation of solar panels covering 65,000 square meters in the cargo zone’s newest buildings. This initiative not only… Read the full press release

PATA’s Women in Travel Conference in the Philippines: Empowering Diversity and Sustainability in Tourism

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is gearing up to host the PATA International Conference on Women in Travel from March 20-22, 2024, in the Philippines, showcasing the commitment to gender equality and empowerment in the tourism sector. With a focus on addressing gender disparities and promoting women’s leadership, the conference aims to… Read the full press release

ITB Berlin Advocates for Sustainability and Social Equality in Tourism Sector

(IN SHORT) From March 5th to 7th, ITB Berlin hosts a platform dedicated to promoting social equality and ecological responsibility in the tourism industry. The Responsible Tourism segment, along with the ITB Berlin Convention and various trendsetting awards, serves to strengthen the commitment to a more sustainable and inclusive tourism sector. With a focus on… Read the full press release

Swissport’s Flower Corridor: A Sustainable Valentine’s Day Journey for Fresh Roses

(IN SHORT) As Valentine’s Day approaches, Swissport’s innovative Flower Corridor takes center stage in the global flower export industry, ensuring the safe and efficient transportation of over 9,000 tons of fresh roses from the Kenyan highlands to Europe. With a focus on sustainability, Swissport’s cold-chain initiative not only guarantees the freshness and extended shelf life… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport’s Sustainable Initiatives: Diverting Waste from Landfill and Improving Recycling Efforts

13.5 tonnes of domestic terminal food court organic waste diverted from landfill in three months A good sort: New $5 million waste facility opens airside to improve waste management and increase recycling (IN SHORT) Auckland Airport announces significant progress in its sustainability efforts, revealing that 13.5 tonnes of organic waste from the domestic terminal’s food… Read the full press release

Accor Earns Coveted ‘A-List’ Recognition from CDP for Environmental Leadership

(IN SHORT) Accor, a prominent figure in the hospitality industry, has secured a position on the prestigious ‘A-list’ of global environmental non-profit CDP, marking its first inclusion and positioning it among the leading companies for transparency and climate change management. Among 21,000 scored companies, Accor stands out as one of the 141 European companies awarded… Read the full press release

dnata Transitions to Electric Fleet at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as Part of Green Strategy

More than 65% of all dnata’s ground support equipment at Schiphol Airport is now electric dnata on track to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 globally (IN SHORT) dnata, a global air and travel services provider, is making strides toward its goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 by replacing all… Read the full press release

Airbus, SAS, Swedavia, Vattenfall, and Avinor Collaborate on Feasibility Study for Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft in Norway and Sweden

(IN SHORT) Airbus, SAS, Swedavia, Vattenfall, and Avinor have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly explore the feasibility of infrastructure for hydrogen-fueled aircraft at airports across Norway and Sweden. The partnership aims to establish a framework for the introduction of hydrogen-powered flights in both countries, encompassing aircraft concepts, regulatory requirements, infrastructure development, fuel… Read the full press release

Emirates Joins The Solent Cluster in Pioneering Effort to Reduce CO2 Emissions in UK’s South Coast

(IN SHORT) Emirates has made history by becoming the first international airline to become a member of The Solent Cluster, a UK-based initiative aimed at promoting low-carbon investments and reducing CO2 emissions in the South Coast of England. The Solent Cluster is a collaborative effort involving international organizations, manufacturers, businesses, academic institutions, and more. Emirates… Read the full press release

Vistara Honored with ‘ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Awards 2024’ for Sustainability and Modernization Efforts

Also clinches ‘ch-aviation Asia’s 2nd Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2024’ (IN SHORT) Vistara, India’s premier full-service carrier and a joint venture of the Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, has received two prestigious awards at the ‘ch-aviation Youngest Aircraft Fleet Awards 2024.’ The airline was recognized with the “ch-aviation World’s 4th Youngest Aircraft Fleet Award 2024”… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Co-Initiates the Hong Kong Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition (HKSAFC) to Drive SAF Adoption

Collaborating with like-minded organisations to further promote the development and use of SAF in Hong Kong (IN SHORT) Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to decarbonizing the aviation industry by co-initiating the Hong Kong Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition (HKSAFC) along with the Business Environment Council (BEC) and 13 other founding partners from the sustainable aviation fuel… Read the full press release

Gerald R. Ford International Airport Announces Fifth Cohort of FLITE Grant Recipients Advancing Air Travel Innovation

Over $200,000 in Grant Funds Awarded to Companies Revolutionizing the Aviation Industry (IN SHORT) The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Seamless Ventures, Southwest Airlines, and the West Michigan Aviation Academy, has unveiled the fifth cohort of companies set to receive over $200,000 in total grant… Read the full press release

Brussels Meeting Unites Aircraft Manufacturers to Advance Electric, Hybrid, and Hydrogen Air Transport

(IN SHORT) Aircraft manufacturers, both new technology startups and established OEMs, convened in Brussels for a significant Industry Affairs and Environment and Social Group meeting organized by ERA (European Regions Airline Association). The meeting aimed to foster collaboration and accelerate the adoption of electric, hybrid electric, and hydrogen aircraft in regional air transport. Participants included… Read the full press release

Ryanair Partners with Enilive for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply in Italy

(IN SHORT) Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Enilive, a subsidiary of Eni, for the long-term supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at select Ryanair airports in Italy. This collaboration is a significant step toward Ryanair’s decarbonization strategy, aiming to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The agreement allows… Read the full press release

Wizz Air Achieves Record Low Carbon Emissions in 2023, Continuing Environmental Leadership

Carbon emisssions per passenger/km down by 6.8% YoY (IN SHORT) Wizz Air, recognized as Europe’s fastest-growing and most environmentally sustainable airline, announced that it achieved its lowest-ever average annual carbon intensity result in 2023, recording 51.5 grams of carbon emissions per passenger/kilometer, a 6.8% reduction from the previous year. The airline aims to reduce its… Read the full press release

Panda Diplomacy: Le Le Begins New Chapter in China’s Giant Panda Conservation Program

(IN SHORT) On January 16, 2024, Le Le safely arrived at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, beginning his second round of quarantine as part of his journey from Singapore to China. The China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda (CCRCGP) will closely monitor Le Le during this period to determine his permanent residence post-quarantine. His… Read the full press release

FITUR 2024: UNWTO Highlights Tourism Investment, Sustainability, and Collaboration

(IN SHORT) The FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, with Ecuador as the official partner country, is set to be a platform for tourism innovation and collaboration from January 23 to 26, 2024. The UNWTO will focus on fostering investment opportunities, strengthening international partnerships, and addressing sustainable development and climate action. Key highlights include investment forums,… Read the full press release

Cathay Expands Partnership for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Program to Accelerate Decarbonization Efforts

Welcoming three new partners into Cathay’s Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme that are joining its mission to be Greener Together (IN SHORT) Cathay is reinforcing its commitment to sustainability by welcoming three new partners into its Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme, aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry. Cargo companies Dimerco Express… Read the full press release

Dutch Aviation Industry Unites for a Sustainable and Resilient Future

Together towards cleaner, quieter and stronger (IN SHORT) Airlines, knowledge institutions, manufacturing, and industry associations in the Netherlands have come together to present a shared vision for the future of the airline industry. The coalition has made ten concrete commitments aimed at creating a future-proof airline industry that is cleaner, quieter, and stronger while ensuring… Read the full press release

Silversea Celebrates the Naming of Silver Nova, the Green Ship of Light

Esteemed guests embarked Silver Nova on January 4, honoring the milestone celebration during the ship’s maiden call in Florida — the home of Royal Caribbean Group (IN SHORT) Silversea marked a momentous occasion in Fort Lauderdale as they officially named Silver Nova during a heartfelt ceremony. The ultra-luxury cruise ship, celebrated as the most environmentally conscious, strengthens… Read the full press release

Niyama Private Islands Maldives Unveils Revamped Nest Restaurant with Jungle Dining Experience

(IN SHORT) Niyama Private Islands Maldives has reopened its renowned Asian restaurant, Nest, offering an enchanting jungle dining experience with a fresh infusion of bold flavors. Nest is situated at the heart of the island, surrounded by lush indigenous flora, creating an immersive and surreal atmosphere. Guests access the restaurant via a meandering boardwalk through… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Becomes First Japanese Airline to Register as TNFD Adopter, Pledging Commitment to Nature Positive Initiatives

(IN SHORT) Japan Airlines (JAL) has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first airline in Japan to register as a TNFD Adopter, committing to the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). JAL’s journey began with its participation in the TNFD Forum in March 2023, followed by its disclosure of information based on TNFD recommendations… Read the full press release