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    Cathay Pacific

    Climate action

    Climate change is a major threat to humanity. While air travel currently represents less than 3 per cent of global emissions, we recognise our duty to minimise our impacts and drive the industry towards carbon-neutral growth.

    We are one of the first Asian airlines to commit to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We will achieve this by spearheading the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, investing in new technology and fuel-efficient aircraft, offsetting our carbon emissions, and reducing ground emissions. And we are one of the airlines that has the lowest carbon emissions on average when carrying a unit payload (passenger or cargo in tonnes) for the same distance flown.

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    What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

    Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is a cleaner alternative to fossil jet fuel that is produced from sustainable and renewable sources – such as agricultural residue, waste oils, municipal solid waste, industrial waste gases, or other non-fossil carbon sources – it has the potential to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions by over 80 per cent, based on the total carbon output created from every stage of production, distribution and usage.

    SAF is the most important lever for decarbonising airline operations over the next few decades, before alternatively powered aircraft can be widely deployed in commercial operations.

    How SAF works


    Municipal waste is collected.


    Materials are recycled. Suitable waste for jet fuel is consolidated.


    Waste is converted into jet fuel through a thermochemical process.


    Fuel is blended, tested and delivered to the airport.

    80% lifecycle reduction

    Lowered greenhouse gas emissions make SAF a greener fuel source.

    We have also launched Asia’s first major corporate SAF programme which helps accelerate the global transition to SAF whilst providing corporate customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint from business travel or airfreight by contributing to the use of SAF.

    We are a founding member of the Aviation Climate Taskforce , a non-profit organisation created to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies in decarbonising air travel.

    We are also committed to cutting back on emissions with newer, smarter technology.

    What can you do? Fly Greener

    We introduced our voluntary carbon offset programme Fly Greener in 2007. The logic is simple: CO2 generated from air travel is offset by investment in projects that reduce or prevent the equivalent amount of CO2 from being generated elsewhere. Some of these projects include improving cooking methods in Bangladesh, generating clean energy in India as well as providing organic waste bio-digesters and solar-powered cookers in rural areas of the Chinese Mainland.

    Our carbon calculator works out the carbon emissions for your specific flight and shows the equivalent monetary contribution which will help offset your CO2 emissions.

    We also offer customised solutions for corporate customers to help offset emissions from business travel. Contact sustainability@cathaypacific.com for more details.


    Discover our cargo carbon offset solution

    We have extended Fly Greener to our cargo operations since 2022. This latest extension allows our cargo customers to accurately audit and offset emissions from their shipments through Cathay Cargo’s digital booking solution, Click & Ship , in a one-click process.

    Click  to offset your shipment emissions.