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Environmental Performance

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Environmental Performance

As a responsible business, effectively managing and continuously improving our environmental performance is important to us. It is our commitment to identify the relevant areas for action and reporting by engaging and responding to our stakeholders.

We are developing performance targets for ground activities, including our CO2 emissions, energy efficiency and resource consumption, to help us better manage our carbon and resource use. These targets will be adopted and reported in 2011.

Key issues raised by stakeholders on our Environmental Performance
Overall performance. Inflight waste. Resource efficiency. Air quality and noise impacts. Responsible sourcing.
Biodiversity & conservation

The conservation of habitats and species diversity continues to be important to Cathay Pacific. We recognise that we have an impact on the destinations to which we fly, and hence we are developing and incorporating biodiversity elements into our Sustainable Development Strategy, in partnership with the NGO, Conservation International.

We are working closely with Cathay Pacific Holidays, our wholly-owned travel agency, to explore ways in which we could provide guidance and raise awareness on sustainable travel and tourism best practice among staff, passengers and operators, and identify opportunities where we can co-operate with the local communities where we operate. We plan to report on progress in 2011.

Discussions with stakeholders revealed that they view responsible food sourcing as an important issue. Cathay Pacific and Dragonair do not serve shark's fin soup either inflight, at Cathay Pacific City, Dragonair House or at any corporate events or meals which are organised or subsidised by the company. This is already enshrined into company practice as a matter of principle, and we are in the process of formalising this into company policy.

Cathay Pacific's inflight catering team has been working with suppliers to support sustainable seafood and fisheries. From early 2011, Cathay Pacific will be serving Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish in Economy class on all flights from our European ports. Whilst this may not be the most economical option in the short term, as the supply chain develops, we believe this is the right way forward and are therefore prepared to support it where possible. We are currently in discussion with meal suppliers with a view to serving certified sustainable fish on our other long haul routes from Australia and North America.

Why MSC fish

Healthy oceans produce sustainable seafood stock. As our business continues to expand, we aim to continue to provide a high quality and consistent catering service for our flights. It therefore makes business sense to be part of a secure, traceable supply chain providing certified sustainable seafood. Sustainable fishery management seeks to reverse the decline of fish stocks, safeguard livelihoods and deliver improvements in marine conservation worldwide. This is why we continue to work with our supply chain to make MSC fish more widely available.