Cathay Pacific Group, Hong Kong’s flag carrier, has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, providing a comprehensive overview of the airline and its subsidiaries’ approach to and performance in the areas of environmental and social consciousness.
CEO, Cathay Pacific, Augustus Tang elaborated: “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.”
With a focus on climate change, the efficient use of resources, waste management, and supporting its people and community, Cathay Pacific aims to move towards ‘greener’ aviation. Some highlights from 2019 include a new single-use plastic reduction target, whereby the airline has set the 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 our operations annually; fighting climate change through new efficiency initiatives, with six fuel-efficient Airbus A350s having been added to its fleet, as well as a scale-up in climate change risk and mitigation planning; and finally, supporting the positive development of our communities through its new ‘Cathay ChangeMakers’ initiative and the longstanding ‘I Can Fly’ programme.