The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, setting out its efforts in moving towards greener aviation.
Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic and its financial impact, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang commented: “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.”
The Group has set a new single-use plastic reduction target of reducing its single-use plastic footprint by 50% by the end of 2022, removing nearly 200 million pieces of single-use plastic from its operations annually. To achieve this the Group has begun a thorough analysis of its inventory to identify items that can either be eliminated or replaced by alternative more sustainable materials, or by recycled plastics.
A previous initiative saw the removal of 32 million single use plastic items from its operations in 2019.