The Hong Kong-based airline received an award at the PATA Awards 2023 for its environmental initiatives, including its Fly Greener program, which allows the airline's passengers to purchase carbon offsets.
Cathay Pacific has just received the Innovative and Inspiring Initiative Award at the PATA Awards 2023. For the record, PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) is an association that aims to promote the development of responsible travel and tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.
300,000 metric tons of CO2 offset since 2007
Cathay Pacific was singled out for the SAF program dedicated to businesses, as well as the latest developments of its Fly Greener program. This program aims to offset the company's cargo and passenger activities, with an integrated carbon footprint calculator. These programs are part of the company's commitment to fight climate change by achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and 10% SAF in its total fuel consumption by 2030. Since the launch of the Fly Greener program in 2007, Cathay Pacific has purchased more than 300,000 tons of carbon offsets.
Commitment on 144 million liters of SAF
In 2022, Cathay Pacific has implemented several actions related to aviation decarbonization. It has thus launched a program dedicated to Cathay Pacific's corporate customers to contribute to the development of the use of SAF (sustainable aviation fuels). It has also extended its Fly Greener program to its cargo business. In September, Cathay Pacific committed to purchasing 38 million U.S. gallons of sustainable aviation fuel. These SAFs will reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by more than 80,000 metric tons, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon that more than 1.3 million trees could absorb over ten years. The company was one of the first in Asia to target 10% FAS use by 2030 and has committed to purchasing more than 350 million US gallons (1.3 billion liters) of FAS from 2024, alongside its oneworld alliance partners.
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