Credit: Cargolux / Dougie Edmond

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines, Europe's leading all-cargo airline, today announced that it has signed IMS Luxembourg’s Zero Single-Use plastic pledge, a formal commitment to eliminate single-use plastic within the company by the end of the year. 

Launched by IMS (Inspiring More Sustainability), the manifesto counts over 70 signatories and details the steps to be followed to achieve their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It lists the elimination of plastic cups, straws, single-use cutlery and non-reusable food containers among others. The project also supports the development of the circular economy and promotes the reduce-reuse-recycle consumption model.

This new step was welcomed and supported by both management and employees of Cargolux. Head of Corporate Communications and CSR, Moa Sigurdardottir, commented: “We are proud to have signed the Zero Single-Use Plastic pledge, and we intend to work towards achieving this goal in the shortest possible timeframe. Corporate responsibility ranks high on Cargolux’s agenda and this is a landmark decision for our company".

The timing is considered ideal for introducing these new measures as the airline is currently preparing the move to its new headquarters. These premises were designed according to a sustainable philosophy and provide an opportunity to embed this commitment further into the company’s work ethic. The company has also confirmed that it is working closely with Luxair Services Catering department to remove single-use plastic from the cockpit, an ambitious goal that is to be achieved by the end of the year.

Cargolux is a frontrunner in the industry in terms of sustainable operation and also gets involved at its home base in Luxembourg to promote an ethical and environmentally aware business model. After signing the international UN Global Compact in 2007, Cargolux became a member of IMS, Luxembourg’s leading network for Corporate Responsibility in May 2019.