Sharing ULDs can drastically cut CO2 emissions

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Around 25,000 tonnes of CO2 can be saved annually by sharing ULDs to avoid deadhead flights, but has greater potential.

Jettainer’s skypooling platform allows airline controllers to share ULDs, avoiding deadhead flights and reducing fuel use and CO2 emissions, but Jettainer says approaching ULDs as a resource has potential to make aviation more sustainable.

Removing one empty AKE container from an intercontinental flight can save 65 kilos of CO2, and up to three tonnes for a stack of pallets.

The ULD sharing platform has an automatic matching function to solve understock and overstock issues, and is used by more than 50 airlines at more than 250 stations.

It can save about 25,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, and the lost and found service puts unused ULDs back into circulation to make resources available.

Thomas Sonntag, Managing Director of Jettainer says: “Our relatively new platform is already making an important contribution in this regard by using resources more responsibly. We want to get handling agents and airports involved much more in the future so that we can achieve even more together and help make aviation more sustainable.”

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