The Cathay Pacific Group’s annual Sustainable Development Report has underlined the company’s commitment and progress in the areas of environmental, social and governance and towards its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
One highlight was helping to deliver vaccinations around the world. The airline raced against time to develop a dedicated Vaccine Solution to make Covid-19 vaccines available to global communities. In 2021, over 165 million vaccine doses along with other essential medical supplies were delivered to Hong Kong and beyond by Cathay Pacific.
Another was its progress towards carbon neutrality. Cathay Pacific was one of the first airlines in Asia to target 10 per cent SAF use by 2030 and has committed to purchasing more than 350 million gallons of SAF beginning from 2024 alongside oneworld Alliance peers.
It developed Asia’s first major Corporate SAF Programme in 2021, with the launch of its pilot phase in April 2022, bringing SAF into Hong Kong International Airport for uplift for the very first time.
The airline also co-founded the Aviation Climate Taskforce, an industry platform through which it will accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies that will help drive the decarbonisation of civil aviation.
Additionally, the airline has pledged to increase female representation at senior positions by 25 per cent – reaching 30 per cent in total – by 2025. To drive changes, a Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee and a dedicated team were set up in 2021.