Cargolux is a Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline with a global network spanning over 75 destinations in over 50 countries. The company operates a modern fleet of dedicated 747 freighter aircraft worldwide and also offers maintenance services to third parties.
Cargolux is a Luxembourg-based all-cargo airline with a global network spanning over 75 destinations in over 50 countries. The company operates a modern fleet of dedicated 747 freighter aircraft worldwide and also offers maintenance services to third parties. Cargolux offers an extensive product range, covering everything from every-day cargo to shipments that require detailed attention, special treatment and expert handling.
A recognized key player at its home base, Cargolux strives to create economic growth and contribute positively to society. Through its operational and corporate policies, the company aims to promote sustainable business while limiting as best as possible the impact of its activities on communities around the airports it serves.
In an era marked by technological development and the subsequent requirements for speed of communication, information and transport it generated ; Cargolux is committed to striking a balance and ensure profitability and sustainability.
The company’s sustainable strategy and goals
As an international airline, Cargolux is aware of how its operations affect the environment and populations around airports. In order to mitigate this impact, the company has undergone a thorough assessment to devise a 2025 strategy. The scheme focuses on ensuring business sustainability through flexible processes as well as technological and digital enhancement in line with a “lean and green” philosophy.
As a signatory of the UN’s Global Compact since 2007, Cargolux is strongly committed to applying its principles. The airline has also placed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the heart of its development plan.
As efforts continue to establish financial, environmental and social sustainability for all company stakeholders, Cargolux is intent on further improving its performance is those areas. Short and long term goals have been established to ensure a suitable roadmap is in place to achieve them. The company has committed to a cap on aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 and a reduction in CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. With these initial steps, Cargolux is ultimately aiming toward a carbon-neutral company.
The company’s environmental achievements
A leader in sustainable principles in the air freight industry, Cargolux was the first airline to be awarded the “lean and green” label and it applies this philosophy to operational processes throughout the company.
Cargolux also successfully passed the upgraded ISO 14001:2015 standard confirming that it follows practical standards for managing its environmental systems and responsibilities.
Cargolux holds the Ecovadis Gold Rating status since 2016, a recognition of efforts to display sustainability in global supply chains.
The company also holds the Luxembourgish “Superdreckskescht fir Betrieber” label for its improved processes regarding waste management.
Cargolux has managed to reduce its carbon emissions over the past years, despite record commercial performance. In 2017, the airline reduced its carbon footprint by 2.2% compared to 2016, outperforming IATA’s recommendation of 1.5% per year until 2020.
The digitalization of processes across the company’s network has also enabled a substantial reduction in paper consumption resulting in a lower volume of waste.
Beyond its own processes and procedures, the company is committed to establishing working partnerships with like-minded suppliers. Cargolux is the first airline to use the squAIR-timber product, an ingenious cardboard beam solution made exclusively from 100% recycled components whose light weight contributes to fuel saving and consequently reduces carbon emissions. The company has also entered a partnership with Skycell, a Swiss-based, award-winning provider of temperature-controlled container solutions that help to lower load weight for a positive environmental effect.