Cathay Pacific aims to reduce single-use plastic footprint by 50% by 2022

Airline’s 2019 Sustainable Development Report highlights environmental and social initiative success and lays foundation for group’s future targets.

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August 5 2020
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The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, providing a comprehensive overview of Cathay Pacific’s and its subsidiaries’ approach to and performance in the areas of environmental, social and governance.

With a focus on climate change, the efficient use of resources, waste management, and supporting the people and community, the report sets out the Group’s efforts in moving towards greener aviation.  

Among the highlights is the airline’s goal to reduce their single-use plastic footprint by 50% by the end of 2022, removing nearly 200 million pieces of single-use plastic from their operations annually.

The Group has introduced new efficiency initiatives, added six new, more fuel-efficient Airbus A350s to the fleet, and scaled up climate change risk and mitigation planning. Since 1998, the airline’s efforts have yielded a 27% cumulative improvement in fuel efficiency, as per the statement.

It has also continued to support the positive development of the communities through the new Cathay ChangeMakers initiative and the longstanding I Can Fly programme.

In his message in the report, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said: “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.”

The full Sustainability Development Report 2019 is available at


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