Swire Hotels has announced a joint initiative with Cathay Pacific Airways’ carbon offsetting programme, FLY greener, for members of The Marco Polo Club.
Swire Hotels will purchase carbon offsets from FLY greener and from June 1 onwards, Marco Polo members travelling on Cathay Pacific or Dragonair and staying at a Swire hotel can pay an additional charge to offset the emissions from their inbound journey.
The initiative will first be implemented at the Opposite House in Beijing and the Upper House in Hong Kong.
Prices depend on the distance of the journey and the class of travel, starting from around HK$10 (US$1.2) for a short haul journey in economy class. Passengers flying in business or first class will need to pay more since the premium cabins take up more weight and space and, therefore, contribute more to the aircraft’s emissions.
Money from this initiative is used to fund environmentally friendly programmes on the ground that reduce or avoid carbon dioxide release in the atmosphere as a way of cancelling out the emissions. Currently, FLY greener has partnered up with two hydropower projects and a wind farm in China.