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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.

Our headquarters Cathay Pacific City and Dragonair House cover a total floor area of 193,000 m2 and comprise offices, flight training centres and stores. Both premises are certificated to the ISO 14001 international environmental management standard.
Cathay Pacific City is equipped with automatic lighting, air-conditioning control systems and motion sensors in conference rooms. In 2010, the total electricity consumption for Cathay Pacific City and Dragonair House was 34,984mWh and 8,911 mWh respectively. The increase of around 9.8% at Dragonair House compared to 2009 was due to the operation of an additional simulator, increased catering operations, and a general increase in power demand due to business growth. There was an improvement of around 2% in electricity consumption at Cathay Pacific City in 2010 compared to 2009. We will continue to monitor usage and implement measures to improve efficiency and reduce demand.

With the aspiration of increasing the sustainability performance of our ground operations, we commissioned a comprehensive study on all feasible energy features that can be retrofitted into our existing buildings at Cathay Pacific City and Dragonair House, as well as those that can be incorporated into our new cargo terminal. As part of this extensive 'greening project', a series of energy-efficient initiatives will be implemented from 2011.

We conduct annual indoor air quality monitoring and again received a Good Class level rating in 2010 from the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department.