Cathay Pacific ramps up sustainability focus

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 at the gate in Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport) in Hong Kong, China.

The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 sustainable development report highlighting its efforts in moving towards greener aviation, and its community engagement initiatives.

These endeavours focus on climate change, the efficient use of resources, waste management, and supporting people and community.

Cathay Pacific pledges to halve its single-use plastic packaging by end-2022

The Hong Kong airline said that it has set a target to reduce its single-use plastic footprint by 50 per cent by the end of 2022, removing nearly 200 million pieces of single-use plastic from its operations annually.

The carrier has also introduced new efficiency initiatives, added six new, more fuel-efficient Airbus A350s to its fleet, and scaled up climate change risk and mitigation planning.

In addition, Cathay also committed to the continued support of communities through its Cathay ChangeMakers initiative, which aims to recognise citizens who have made positive contributions to society; and its I Can Fly programme, which recruits Hong Kong students who show a passion for aviation.

Cathay Pacific CEO, Augustus Tang, said: “At the time of preparing this report, a public health emergency has rocked the global economy. It feels more important than ever to foster positivity, to protect our people, to strengthen our communities and to confront the major challenges we face.

“We are very determined to play our part in this hugely important undertaking; one which requires us to be financially successful but in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Our commitment to developing sustainably with transparency and accountability is undiminished.”

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