Greener and cleaner: carbon offsetting for people and planet
Fly Cathay, Fly Greener
Imagine flying to Australia to see the Great Barrier Reef but all the sea life has gone; or arriving in Bangkok to find the most beautiful temples have been flooded. Dream destinations are under threat from climate change, which is why we developed a plan to address it.
At Cathay, our plan to combat climate change includes buying more efficient planes and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) – things we can do ourselves. Since 2007, we have been helping our customers to do their part as well.
We know that individuals, schools and businesses are trying to make greener choices. Reducing your carbon footprint is a big part of this. Fly Greener is our voluntary carbon offsetting programme that customers can sign up to when booking their flights, or any time after their trip.
Burning jet fuel releases carbon emissions into the atmosphere. Through Fly Greener customers can opt to pay a small fee that goes towards projects that offset the impact of those emissions. Our projects not only reduce emissions, they also help people in developing countries by improving their health and more.
Bondhu Chula Cookstoves in Bangladesh
Less than 20% of the 35 million Bangladeshi households have access to clean cooking. Traditionally, they cook on “three-stone” open fires which release smoke and harmful pollutants. These lead to nearly 50,000 premature deaths a year and cause millions to suffer from respiratory tract infections.
The Bondhu Chula, or the “friendly stove”, is designed to ensure more efficient and cleaner home cooking. Fuel consumption can be reduced by approximately 50%, leaving families with more disposable incomes and better health. This project also promotes job opportunities by working with over 5,000 local entrepreneurs for stove production, distribution and after-sales services.