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Scanning the Horizon: 22-26 Dec

UNICEF, WEF sign charter with 18 companies to deliver Covid-19 vaccines

Source: The STAT Trade Times

UNICEF, the UN agency which plays a major role in COVID-19 vaccine logistics, especially concerning 92 low and middle development countries, part of COVAX initiative, together with the World Economic Forum, has signed an agreement with 18 airlines to support vaccine logistics in four areas:

  1. Engagement with governments, customs authorities and global organizations

  2. Asset and competence sharing

  3. Government support where requested by UNICEF

  4. Support to the UNICEF Global Vaccine Logistics Distribution

UK and European Union agree trade deal

Source: Air Cargo News

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union (EU), and the single market and customs union on 31 December, the last minute trade deal was made to allow tariff free trade in goods.

This is important news for logistics and aviation sectors, as UK aircraft will continue to fly to the EU and although potentially facing slowing down, the suppy chains and the affected jobs will be protected in the UK.

What does the vaccine mean for cold chain sustainability?

Source: GreenBiz

The article explores the opportunity that COVID-19 vaccine logistics has created to address the issue of the cold chain, which is estimated to contribute 3-3-5% of greenhouse gas emissions. The vaccine logistics could be an opportunity to transform the cold chain system which is facing three sustaianbility challenges:

  1. Direct emissions created by leaking refrigerants - a striking 30% of gas used to cool a refridgerator is leaked into atmosphere.

  2. Energy costs: 80% of emissions from cold chains come from energy use, traditionally relying on gas and diesel.

  3. Waste: 25% of vaccines are lost in transport due to breaks in cold chain. Digital tracking and real-time temperature recording technology are developed but need more collaboration in the industry.

Pelican BioThermal announces Korean Air Cargo partnership

Source: SeaNews

Pelican BioThermal, provider of temperature controlled shipping packaging and the winner of 2020 TIACA Air Cargo Sustainability Awards, has signed a deal with Korean Air on its Credo on Demand program, which will provide the airline with a rapid access to a range of temperature controlled containers.

This agreement is a part of Pelican's strategy to support COVID-19 vaccine transportation globally.

Prioritize sustainability in rebuilding tourism

Source: GreenBiz

The article looks at the enormous impact the global pandemic will have on travel and tourism in 2020 and the opportunity it presents to reshape this industry to become more sustainable ans responsible. This is particularly timely with the growing debate on consumer consciosness, technological progress and destination management. Among the top questions asked to enable a structural change in this industry:

  • How can people travel in a way that has a positive impact on the industry and destination?

  • What does it mean to travel in a sustainable way?

  • Is overcrowding driving more tourism in nature?

  • How will remote-working policies affect travel and tourism-dependent economies?

The key outcome of this analysis revolved around the need for public and private sectors to collaborate closely in order to build a sustainable and resposible tourism future that benefits local communities and leverages technological progress.

2020 wasn't all terrible. Here's how travel benefited from a bad year

Source: CNN

While the airline industry is facing its deepest crisis ever, CNN explored top 10 ways the travel industry benefited from the year in global pandemic, our eyes are whatching the sustainability related changes the closest. Here are our top picks:

  1. The end of over-tourism and overcrowded popular tourist destinations

  2. The boost in local tourism and staycations

  3. Aviation related CO2 emissions droped 8.8% yoy in the first half of 2020

  4. Nature recovery saw a drop in animal trafficking and increase in wildlife numbers

  5. The slow travel phenomenon when people travel less but for longer and in better quality

  6. Travel is becoming more expensive due to charges, COVID-related testing and sustainability and conservation investments.


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