In 2007, Cathay Pacific launched a carbon offset programme, FLY greener, which is the first by an Asian airline. The programme is part of our ongoing effort to engage with passengers on issues with regards to climate change.
Passengers can contribute to projects that reduce CO2 emissions, and increase their awareness on climate change issues. More information on this programme including the projects we offer and our unique corporate carbon offset programme for corporate clients, can be found at www.cathaypacific.com/flygreener.
Based on carbon emissions calculated for the specified flights, the attributable monetary contributions go directly to fund third-party validated projects that help to offset the carbon dioxide generated by those flights. All of the projects we offer are certified under the Gold Standard to ensure that they are verifiable, credible and make a difference to local communities and the environment.
In 2016, 2,900 tCO2 were offset by our passengers, including several companies in Hong Kong. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon also offset the CO2 impacts of staff travelling on business, amounting to 11,200 tCO2 at an approximate cost of HK$295,000 in 2016.
Clean and Efficient Cooking and Heating Project, China
Located in the rural areas of Shanxi Province, China, this fuel-switching project reduces greenhouse gases (GHGs) by replacing coal with renewable biomass on a household level. More than 7,000 inefficient coal burning stoves were replaced with highly efficient ones that use agricultural residue, which would have otherwise been burned in the fields as waste. The GHG reductions were approximately 82,000 tonnes per year. Another benefit was improved indoor air quality as less fumes was produced due to more efficient combustion. By using agricultural waste as a source of fuel, families also save on fuel spending, allowing for better use of family income.
InfraVest Changbin and Taichung bundled Wind Farms Project, Taiwan
Two wind farms consisting of 65 wind turbines along the west coast of Taiwan generated an annual clean electricity equivalent to 110,000 households’ demand for a year. The project reduced GHG emissions by 370,000 tonnes per year and helped to improve local air quality, through reduced air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. This project created a number of employment opportunities in support of the operation of the wind farms. Increased public interest in the wind farms inspired local guided tours of the facility.