Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways continues to make strides towards becoming a more sustainable business by way of increased collaboration with industry stakeholders to decarbonise the aviation industry and achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Following the launch of its Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme in 2022, Cathay has announced the addition of three new partners to the programme.

Cargo customers Dimerco Express Group and Yusen Logistics, as well as the programme’s first non-governmental organisation (NGO) partner Business Environment Council, have joined Cathay to promote the wider adoption of renewable energy by the aviation industry to decarbonise their business travel and cargo shipments.

These new partners join the programme’s launch customers – AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered and Swire Pacific.

Cathay’s Corporate SAF Programme partners say they are committed to reducing the climate impact from their business travel and airfreight activities through scaling up the use of SAF.

“Cathay is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to contribute to the aviation industry’s transition towards a greener future. SAF is an important facet of this approach, and we have received strong support from our corporate and cargo customers since the launch of our Corporate SAF Programme. We have also established new SAF supply partnerships in the broader Asia region to convey a clear message to the SAF supply chain that there is firm demand from this part of the world,” said Cathay Group CEO, Ronald Lam.

SAF is considered to be the most important lever for decarbonising airline operations over the next few decades, before alternatively powered aircraft can be widely deployed in commercial operations.

Compared to conventional jet fuel, SAF can reduce over 80 per cent of carbon emissions on a lifecycle basis, depending on the SAF technology and feedstock used.

Cathay was among the first airlines to announce a target of 10 per cent SAF for its total fuel use by 2030.

Since then, it uplifted SAF at Hong Kong International airport for the first time in 2022, and successfully conducted its first overseas SAF uplifts on commercial flights at Singapore Changi airport and Los Angeles International airport last year.

The SAF Cathay used over the past year was made from used cooking oil and animal fat waste, and was made available by its fuel suppliers, ExxonMobil and Shell.