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ZURICH: September 11, 2018. ULD manufacturer SkyCell believes its containers can cut CO2 emissions per air cargo shipment by 50 percent - and it cites a study conducted by My Climate as evidence towards this claim.

In a comprehensive life-cycle analysis, the climate protection partnership compared SkyCell 2500 and 1500 containers with a commonly used competitors’ product, analyzing the CO2-footprint on typical cold chain routes as well as the emissions caused from manufacturing until decommissioning of the containers.

SkyCell Nico Ros“It can be stated that the big SkyCell 2500 container with a high interior transport volume performs best when looking at the entire life-cycle of the product and shipment, followed by the smaller SkyCell 1500,” said Bettina Kahlert, Resource Efficiency leader at My Climate.

The objective of the study was to compare SkyCell Container solutions in the temperature range 2-8°C with conventional passive solutions.

All processes from manufacturing, preconditioning, to transport and end-of-life were analyzed from cradle-to-grave in order to evaluate the CO2 footprint of the temperature-controlled containers holistically.

“We initiated the study, because it has been our goal right from the start to develop and run the most efficient and safest pharma container system worldwide. We wanted to verify this from an independent and trustworthy source like myclimate”, said Nico Ross (pictured), CTO of SkyCell.

Using the ecoinvent.org database, the environmental impact of transporting SkyCell containers was assessed and compared to a commonly used solution. The database allows the calculation of the exact environmental impact (energy consumption, carbon dioxide, polluting emissions) of transports.

“From our analysis, we conclude that the C02 emissions can be significantly reduced with containers that are optimized for weight-volume ratio such as SkyCells”, explained Kahlert.

“It makes us proud that our work to develop the containers has paid off. It is our mission to provide the most reliable and environment-friendly transport solutions for temperature-sensitive shipments and the study by myclimate shows that we have achieved this”, commented SkyCell CEO Richard Ettl.

“We will keep improving our technology and services in order to eliminate product loss due to temperature excursions and to better protect our climate.”

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