Cathay Pacific reaffirmed its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by boosting sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for 10% of its total fuel consumption by 2030.
Cathay Pacific has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than a decade. In 2014, it was the first airline investor in Fulcrum BioEnergy company, from which the airline has already committed to purchasing 1.1 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel over 10 years. This will cover around 2% of its annual pre-Covid-19 fuel requirements. Cathay Pacific expects to begin taking delivery of sustainable aviation fuel produced by Fulcrum BioEnergy and using it on a wider basis for its flights departing the U.S. from 2024 onwards when the company can scale up its production.
Cathay Pacific was also the first to partner with Airbus to use SAF on new aircraft delivery flights from Toulouse, France. Since the partnership started in 2016, Cathay Pacific has taken delivery of over 40 brand new aircrafts using blended sustainable aviation fuel.
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Augustus Tang, Cathay Pacific’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The use of sustainable aviation fuel is key to decarbonizing our operations over the next few decades. Our new commitment to have SAF comprise 10% of our total fuel consumption by 2030 is a clear signal of our determination to achieve our net-zero emissions target and to be a leader in the fight against climate change.”
He added: “The ability to achieve this target does not rest with airlines alone. We are calling on support from various stakeholder groups to help make it a reality, from policymakers, the energy sector, aircraft and engine manufacturers, and even our customers, who are keen to reduce their carbon footprint. Only by joining hands can we meet this ambitious goal together.”
Besides its increased usage of SAF, other key components of Cathay Pacific’s carbon reduction roadmap are fleet modernization, operational efficiency improvements, aviation and carbon capture technology innovations, carbon offsets through its Fly Greener program with over 300,000 tonnes of carbon emissions offsets since 2007, etc.