The Cathay Pacific Group has released its 2019 Sustainable Development Report, highlighting the Hong Kong-based airline group’s progress in the past year and plans for 2020.

Cathay says it has set a target to reduce its single-use plastic footprint by 50 per cent by the end of 2022. This would result in removing nearly 200 million pieces of single-use plastic from its operations annually, according to the Group.

In the report, the carrier also says that it has introduced new efficiency initiatives, added six new, more fuel-efficient Airbus A350s to its fleet, and “scaled up climate change risk and mitigation planning”.

In his message in the report, Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang writes: “At the time of preparing this report, a public health emergency has rocked the global economy.  It feels more important than ever to foster positivity, to protect our people, to strengthen our communities and to confront the major challenges we face. We are very determined to play our part in this hugely important undertaking; one which requires us to be financially successful but in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.”

The group says it will continue to support the positive development of communities through its Cathay ChangeMakers programme, which provides individuals with a global platform to showcase their initiatives,  and its I Can Fly programme, which recruits Hong Kong students who show a passion for aviation and a commitment to community service.