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Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

A collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders, and airlines to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport.

Sustainable Air Freight Alliance Overview


Currently, air transport represents around two percent of global carbon dioxide emissions. However, the air freight sector is projected to grow at five percent per year until 2050—faster than any other mode—and with potential to increase emissions significantly. Shippers, freight forwarders, and airlines are increasingly looking for ways to measure and improve their environmental performance.

In recent years, the industry has undertaken collective engagement through the Air Carbon Initiative and the development of a reporting protocol agreed via the Global Logistics Emissions Council in coordination with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aviation industry has also achieved performance improvements and commitments thanks to the leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), IATA, and individual airlines.

However, until now there has been no forum for continuous engagement between stakeholders, which is essential to build trust, understand how data is used in reporting and decision-making, and co-create sustainable solutions.  

About Us

The Sustainable Air Freight Alliance (SAFA) is a buyer-supplier collaboration between shippers, freight forwarders, and air freight carriers to track and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from air freight and promote responsible freight transport.

Why Join?

  • Build dialogue with your business partners to understand needs and strengthen long-term business relationships
  • Demonstrate company and industry leadership on sustainability
  • Reduce exposure to risks (e.g. regulations) to the air freight industry by leveraging collective knowledge and action
  • Help shape international standards, in line with ICAO, IATA’s work, and sectorial initiatives
  • Access a collaborative forum for sharing sustainability information, best practices for reducing GHG emissions, and innovation opportunities to help achieve company goals
  • Credibly measure and report company performance using industry-agreed standardized methodologies and KPIs via one reporting survey from a neutral, secure, assured, and confidential third-party reporting partner

Sustainable Air Freight Alliance Sustainable Development Goals Alignment

SDG icon, Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG icon, Goal 13: Climate Action
SDG icon, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


Sustainable Air Freight Alliance Companies

  • American Airlines
  • Bolloré Logistics Siege
  • CEVA Logistics Headoffice B.V.
  • Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Deutsche Post AG
  • DSV Panalpina
  • Expeditors International
  • Expolanka Holdings PLC
  • Geodis Wilson Network
  • H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Air & Sea GmbH & Co. KG
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Kerry Freight International Limited
  • Li & Fung Limited
  • Maersk A/S
  • The Maersk Group
  • Mowi ASA
  • NIKE, Inc.
  • Nippon Express Co. Ltd
  • OIA Global
  • Polar Air Cargo
  • Puma SE
  • RCS Logistics
  • Schenker AG
  • Unique Logistics International
  • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
  • United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS)
  • Air Canada
  • Airbridge Cargo
  • AirFrance KLM
  • Air New Zealand
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • CargoLux
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Etihad
  • Eva Air
  • IAG Cargo
  • Korean Air
  • LATAM Airlines
  • LH Cargo (Lufthansa)
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • Polar Air Cargo
  • Qatar Airways*
  • SAS Cargo
  • Singapore Airlines
  • United Airlines

Meet the Team for Sustainable Air Freight Alliance

Cameron Steagall

Cameron Steagall

Manager, Collaborations


Talk to Us 
Contact the Sustainable Air Freight Alliance team with any questions.

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