Cathay Pacific Aims High with Net Zero Flight Plan: Targets 12% Reduction by 2030

"Cathay Pacific Announces Ambitious Plan to Reduce Carbon Intensity by 12% by 2030, Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2050"

Cathay Pacific, a leading airline, has recently announced an ambitious environmental sustainability target to reduce carbon intensity by 12% from the 2019 level by 2030. This commitment aligns with the airline’s long-term goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Central to this target is the accelerated adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a clean alternative to fossil jet fuel produced from sustainable and renewable sources such as agricultural residue, waste oils, and industrial waste gases.

The use of SAF has the potential to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by over 80%, making it a crucial component in Cathay’s efforts to combat climate change. Starting in 2024, Cathay plans to offset 10% of carbon emissions from employee duty travel using SAF on its flights. This initiative builds upon the airline’s existing Fly Greener program, which has been offsetting all emissions from employee duty travel since 2007 through the use of carbon credits.

Cathay Pacific’s commitment to sustainability is further demonstrated by its goal of reaching 10% SAF usage by 2030. The airline is investing in new technology and fuel-efficient aircraft, as well as actively increasing its use of SAF to make it a mainstream option in aviation. Cathay has also partnered with Fulcrum BioEnergy to convert household waste into SAF, with plans to purchase 1.1 million tonnes of SAF over the next decade.

In addition to investing in SAF, Cathay Pacific is implementing efficiency enhancements to reduce emissions, such as transitioning to a new fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft and minimizing engine use on the ground. The airline is committed to reducing ground emissions by 32% from the 2018 baseline by the end of 2030. Through its Fly Greener program, Cathay offers passengers the opportunity to offset the CO2 emissions generated by their flights, supporting third-party projects focused on reducing emissions.

Cathay Pacific’s CEO, Ronald Lam, emphasized the airline’s dedication to improving its climate performance through the use of SAF, fleet modernization, and operational improvements. As one of the first Asian airlines to set a target of 10% SAF for its total fuel consumption by 2030, Cathay Pacific recognizes the challenges of transitioning to sustainable energy sources in aviation and has forged strategic partnerships to drive progress.

The airline’s commitment to reducing emissions is crucial in achieving its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. With a focus on sustainability, strategic partnerships, and operational excellence, Cathay Pacific is setting a high standard for the industry.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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