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Climate Change

Mitigating the impacts of climate change remains one of our greatest environmental challenges as a business. We are dedicated to delivering on our commitments to carbon-neutral growth by continuously improving the sustainability of our flight operations, and continuing to call for a global industry agreement on climate change.

Key issues raised by stakeholders on Climate Change
FLY greener. Engaging passengers on offsetting. Being a leader in the industry and in Hong Kong and in carbon reduction, offsetting, biofuels, reporting. Footprint of supply chain. Cathay Pacific's overall strategy.
Our emissions and targets

The global aviation industry - airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and manufacturers - remains united around the four-pillar IATA strategy based on technology investments, efficient infrastructure, effective operations and positive economic measures. Cathay Pacific fully supports this approach and IATA's climate change targets launched in 2009.

In 2010, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair were responsible for a total of 15.2 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2) from fuel burn, bringing a total efficiency improvement of 8.7% in relation to capacity (available tonne kilometre) since 1998. While total emissions have increased in line with the growth of the Cathay Pacific Group, due to a higher number of passengers and cargo carried, the CO2 efficiency in relation to traffic volume carried (revenue tonne kilometre) improved by 5.1% over the past year, bringing the efficiency improvement since 1998 to 23.4% per RTK.

2010 GHG Emission (tCO2e)*
Scope 1 ^15,400,418 (99.67%)
jet fuel, ground fuel and Towngas
Scope 2 ^50,474 (0.33%)
electricity and Towngas
*Details of our GHG emissions are available in
∆refer to the GRI Methodology page

Global CO2 Emissions – Cathay Pacific Group Fleet

IATA Climate Change Targets


An average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% per year


A cap on aviation CO2 emissions from 2020 (carbon neutral growth)


Aspiration for 50% reduction in net CO2 emissions over 2005 levels

IATA Four Pillar Strategy