Cathay Pacific Cargo, The programme’s carbon emissions calculator makes offsetting emissions easy
Cathay Pacific is taking the lead in aviation’s sustainability efforts in Asia with the extension of Fly Greener to its air cargo services.
Fly Greener is a carbon-offset programme powered by an integrated carbon emissions calculator, as part of the airline’s commitment to tackling climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The new carbon emissions calculator works out the carbon emissions of shipments and the cost to offset them in just a couple of simple steps. Customers can then contribute to purchase carbon offsets that come from carefully selected carbon-offset projects.
All selected projects are certified under the Gold Standard to ensure their carbon reductions are verified and come with societal and developmental benefits, the airline said in a press communique.
Carbon Offset programme
The carbon-offset programme follows the launch earlier this year of Cathay Pacific’s Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme, which brings SAF into Hong Kong International Airport for the first time in history.
It provides corporate customers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint from business travel and air cargo shipments by contributing to the use of SAF. Cathay Pacific was also among the first carriers in the world to announce a target of 10% SAF in its total fuel use by 2030.
General Manager Cargo Commercial George Edmunds said: “In tandem with our promotion and development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel capabilities, the calculator will give our customers flexibility to offset their carbon emissions via a suite of accredited carbon offset projects.”
Customers have already been able to estimate their potential carbon emissions by searching for flight connections with the emission calculator, but now registered customers using the website will be able to offset their shipments by air waybill (AWB) number.
“Multiple factors can lead to variance in the amount of emissions generated by a booked shipment. GLSHK helped refine this system with Cathay Pacific Cargo by using a variety of data sources to calculate the emissions for a shipment to maximise the accuracy of the offset for our customers,” explained Simon Ng, CEO, Global Logistic System (HK) Co., Ltd (GLSHK), a Cathay Pacific-owned subsidiary.
The monetary contributions go directly to fund third-party validated projects that help to offset the CO2 generated by shipments, through carbon credits bought by Cathay Pacific and passed on to customers at cost. The airline makes no profit in the carbon-offset transactions, the press statement continued.
“We believe that the ease and simplicity of Fly Greener and the carbon emissions calculator makes the rigour and complexity that goes into carbon emissions calculations straightforward and user-friendly,” concluded Chris Bowden, Head of Cargo Global Partnerships, Cathay Pacific Airways.