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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.
Resource use

We continue to explore areas in our operations where we can improve on our resource use. As a result of all departments working together, we are now using mixed source Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper for most of our printing paper, all copying paper at Cathay Pacific City and Dragonair House, paper marketing collaterals, meal tray cards, new calendars and diaries.

In our offices

Since November 2010, we have also started using FSC paper for inflight sales marketing leaflets distributed at our inflight sales office, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair in-town check-in counters at the Hong Kong and Kowloon stations, airport counters and 14 of our outports. We aim to extend this to leaflets distributed at the Hong Kong Office and broaden its use to other tactical inflight sales leaflets.

Working with the catering operator in our canteen at Cathay Pacific City, we have started using recyclable food containers and introducing incentives to encourage users to bring their own containers when purchasing takeaway food.

At Vogue Laundry, 75% of carrier bags used are made from biodegradable material. It is estimated that remaining stock of the existing colour dyed plastic bags will be used up by April 2011, after which all new carrier plastic bags will be made of biodegradable material. To reduce the impacts of chemical colour dyes, Vogue have also reduced the number of colours on the new biodegradable bags from four colours to one.

In our lounges

This year, Cathay Pacific launched a new premium passenger lounge, The Cabin, at HKIA. A range of environmental performance elements were incorporated into the design and construction of this space. Special features include using recycled glass as a key element of the lounge's signature reception wall. Wall panels throughout the lounge were sourced from sustainable wood, and LED lighting was selected to reduce power consumption. Most of the materials used in the construction of The Cabin were procured from countries in this region, where possible, to minimise their carbon footprint.

In our flight operations

Cathay Pacific is developing a comprehensive, innovative online enabled system, which will take the airline closer to creating a paperless and connected aircraft environment, with joint effort from the Engineering, Corporate Safety, Flight Operations and Inflight Services Departments. Early trials have generated significant interest from the industry. On the freight side, in order to help reach IATA's goal of e-freight worldwide, we are trialling the use of electronic airway bills, led by our Cargo team. Training and test runs are underway to prepare staff. Both initiatives will contribute to saving paper used for documentation. Further information on these projects will be in the next report following further trials.