Cathay Pacific Cargo Carbon-Offset Program ‘Fly Greener’ Extends to Air Freights in Asia


Cathay Pacific is leading the charge with aviation’s sustainability efforts in Asia by extending the ‘Fly Greener’ program to its air cargo services. The carbon-offset program is powered by an integrated carbon emissions calculator and reinforces the airline’s commitment to take on climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The new carbon emissions calculator determines the shipment emissions and the costs to offset them. All selected projects are certified under the Gold Standard to ensure carbon reductions are verifiable for the societal and developmental betterment of all.

In a few simple steps, customers can contribute by purchasing carbon offsets from selected projects. Furthermore, registered customers using the website will be able to offset their shipments by air waybill (AWB) number. Using the latest IATA methodology, the tool will show the volume of emissions and display the offset charge in local currency, calculated by weight and aircraft type. In the launch phase, the carbon emissions calculator will accept retrospective AWB numbers, but future versions will see the tool built into Cathay Pacific Cargo’s digital booking and confirmation solution, Click & Ship. Therefore, customers will be able to add offsets directly to their bookings in a one-click process.

Moreover, after each submission, customers will be sent a spreadsheet stating the totals in carried and claimed while also including the carbon-offset calculations, providing a monthly statement and a certificate showing the offset total. The monetary contributions are sent directly to fund third-party validated projects that help to offset the emissions generated by shipments. The airline makes no profit in the carbon-offset transactions.

Tackling climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

As General Manager Cargo Commercial George Edmunds explains, “The carbon emissions calculator is another tool we have made available to help our customers achieve their sustainability targets to make our business and our industry more sustainable. In tandem with our promotion and development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel capabilities, the calculator will give our customers the flexibility to offset their carbon emissions via a suite of accredited carbon offset projects.”

The scheme currently supports four projects which help to bring fuel-efficient cooking stoves to families in Bangladesh, hot water to homes in India, solar-power stoves, and small biogas plants to families in Mainland China.

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