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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.
Water

We have been running water conservation initiatives for a number of years, including re-designing fuselage coatings to require less cleaning and waxing, setting shorter on-board bathroom tap flows, using seawater in air-conditioning systems, and reuse of excess water from water-cooled air-conditioning systems.

In 2010, water used for aircraft washing was 107,283 m3, resulting in nearly a 30% reduction from 2009.

Potable water use at Cathay Pacific City and Dragonair House was 16,758 m3 and 16,658 m3 in 2010 respectively. This represents an overall reduction in consumption of 24.9% compared with 2009. Water is provided by the Hong Kong Government Water Supplies Department and came from Guangdong as well as natural rainwater. Wastewater is directed to the HKIA treatment plant prior to discharge.

Vogue Laundry consumed 310,000 m3 of water in 2010, which represents a reduction of 6.6% from 2009 level. This equates to 10.65 litres per kg of linen washed (down 8.7% from 11.67 litres per kg in 2009). This eduction is mainly due to continuous fine tuning of the washing process. The water reuse system of the newest washers has enabled Vogue to reduce water consumption by 50% since 2003.

Preventing oil and fuel spills reaching drainage systems is a key issue and HAS continues to use fibreglass trays under stationary electric tractors, and conduct extensive maintenance to prevent accidental leakage and regular monitoring of hydraulic hoses and washing during maintenance. CPCS has reduced water use by 0.75% from 2009 to 2010.