Ground emissions management

We have been working tirelessly on our ground operations to reduce our carbon footprint, primarily from electricity consumption of our buildings, equipment stock and vehicular emissions.

We support the Airport Authority Hong Kong’s new 10% reduction target for the next five-year period from 2016 to 2020, which is an extension of the original five-year period from 2010 to 2015. During this time, a 25.6% reduction in intensity per workload was achieved across the participating business partners against a 25% target.

2016 initiatives

Our headquarter buildings, Cathay Pacific City and Cathay Dragon House, are based at Chek Lap Kok, near Hong Kong International Airport. They cover a total floor area of 193,000 m2 and mainly comprised offices, flight training centres and stores. Both premises are certified to the ISO14001 international environmental management standard. They are both equipped with a building management system. Cathay City also has automatic lighting, air-conditioning controls and motion sensors in conference rooms.

In 2016, the total electricity consumption at Cathay Pacific City and Cathay Dragon House was 34,917,670 kWh and 7,133,624 kWh respectively, representing a decrease of 1.5% and an increase of 1.3% respectively. We continued to invest in energy saving measures such as chilled water system optimisation and LED lighting replacements. The incremental increase in consumption at Cathay Dragon House was mainly due to increased training and recruitment activities. There is also a 500-room staff hotel, the Headland, adjacent to Cathay Pacific City.

In 2016, 14 electric vehicle chargers were installed at Cathay Pacific City and Cathay Dragon House, amounting to a total of 21.

Our subsidiaries

Hong Kong Airport Services Limited (HAS)

HAS serves 21 airlines at HKIA and operates the largest vehicle fleet in the Group. HAS is committed to reducing carbon emissions from its fleet. In 2011, HAS started the first term of a three-year Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Replacement Programme. In 2017, we will continue with our fleet renewal programme by placing an order for three fuel-efficient lower deck loaders and three light buses.

Our GPS tracking system allows us to efficiently manage our fuel consumption. This year there was a decrease of 2.7% in fuel consumption per flight in comparison to the previous year. We expect additional improvement in fuel efficiency as the GPS tracking system is expanded.

Cathay Pacific Catering Services Limited (CPCS)

CPCS serves 41 airlines and is one of the largest flight kitchens in the world. Through equipment replacement, maintenance and optimisation projects in 2016, 2,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions have been reduced. Some of the initiatives included the installation of more than 2,000 pieces of LED lights, installing two water-cooled chillers to replace older and less efficient equipment. In addition to this, the insulation of chilled pipes, suction pipes, and air ducts has also been replaced in order to reduce lost energy, and optimise the cooling and ventilation demand of the air handling unit in order to avoid over consumption of electricity.

The newly built Phase II facility, which commenced operation in December 2016, is undergoing certification for BEAM Plus Silver for new buildings.

Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL)

CPSL has been operating the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal since 2013. With design features to support sustainability, CPSL is committed to support green operations and engage our stakeholders via different initiatives and measures.

Electricity usage was 21.7 kWh per tonnage in 2016, representing a 0.5% decrease against 2015. Some of the energy efficiency initiatives implemented in 2016 included retrofitting over 1,200 lighting fixtures with more energy efficient ones, such as LED lights and induction lamps as well as increasing charging facilities to cope with the growth of electric vehicle use.

Vogue Laundry Services

Vogue Laundry Services employs over 560 staff and serves over 23 airlines, 17 hotels and has a daily output of 251,000 items, equivalent to 71 tonnes of laundry. It is the first laundry in Hong Kong to be certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and the OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standard.

Over the past few years, Vogue has been actively exploring ways to reduce emissions through active carbon absorption in the dry cleaning machines and from perchloroethylene, which is a volatile organic compound (VOC) consumed in the dry cleaning process. Consumption of this solvent was decreased by 12% in 2016. Vogue also switched from diesel boiler to a dual-fuel boiler which utilises Towngas and ultra-low sulphur diesel at a 68:32 ratio which has helped to reduce CO2 emissions.

Vogue runs a fleet of 23 vehicles for its collection and delivery services. In 2016, six Euro II trucks were replaced by two Euro V trucks. In 2017, four new Euro V trucks will be added to the fleet and three Euro III trucks will be disposed. Since March 2016, the use of B5 biodiesel has been trialled on one of the delivery routes.