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Page 6 • AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • August-September, 2018 Myclimate study points to SkyCell container benefits A STUDY by myclimate claims SkyCell containers cut CO2 emissions per air cargo shipment almost in half. In a life-cycle analysis, mycli- mate compared SkyCell 2500 and 1500 containers with a common- ly-used competitor’s product, analysing the CO2-footprint on typical cold chain routes as well as the emissions caused by manufac- turing through to decommission- ing of the containers. “The big SkyCell 2500 container with a high interior transport vol- ume performs best when looking at the entire life-cycle of the prod- uct and shipment, followed by the smaller SkyCell 1500, “said doctor Bettina Kahlert, leader Resource Efficiency at myclimate. The objective of the ‘Compara- tive Carbon Footprint Study’ was to compare SkyCell container solutions for the transport of pharmaceutical products in the temperature range 2-8°C with conventional passive solutions. All processes from manufacturing, preconditioning, transport and end-of-life were analysed from cradle-to-grave in order to evalu- ate the CO2 footprint of the tem- perature-controlled containers. The study compared the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of two SkyCell containers (SkyCell 1500, SkyCell 2500) to other common- ly-used solutions. All three units are designed for cold chain shipments in the pharmaceutical industry. “We initiat- ed the study because it has been our goal to develop and run the most effi- cient and safest pharma container system world wide. We wanted to verify this from an independent and trustworthy source like myclimate”, said Nico Ross, chief technical officer of SkyCell. Staff at myclimate ana- lysed in detail not only the fuel consumption in air transport on typical routes, but also the complete life cycle of transport contain- ers. Using the ecoinvent database, the environmen- tal impact of transporting SkyCell containers was assessed and compared to a commonly-used solution. The database allowed the calculation of the exact en- vironmental impact (energy consumption, carbon dioxide, polluting emissions) of transports. “From our analysis, we conclud- ed that the C02 emissions can Nico Ross, chief technical officer of SkyCell. be significantly reduced with containers that are optimised for weight-volume ratio such as SkyCells,” said Kahlert. “It is our mission to provide the most reliable and environ- ment-friendly transport solu- tions for temperature-sensitive shipments and the study by myclimate shows that we have achieved this,” said Richard Ettl, chief executive of SkyCell. “We will keep improving our tech- nology and services in order to eliminate product loss due to temperature excursions and to better protect our climate.” BACA urges Volga Dnepr to rethink stance RUSSIA-based Volga Dnepr recently wrote to brokers informing them that in future, it will only deal with clients directly. Now BACA, the Worldwide Association of Air Charter Profession- als, says it will urge Volga Dnepr to re-think this course of action. In that way, it says, all involved can best represent the interests of customers.