Cathay sets new 2030 carbon intensity target in support of its 2050 net-zero goal

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Cathay has set a new target to improve its carbon intensity by 12% from the 2019 level by 2030. ​

The new near-term target aims to improve carbon intensity by reducing the carbon emissions from Cathay’s jet fuel use per revenue tonne kilometre (RTK) from 761 gCO2/RTK to 670 gCO2/RTK.

To achieve these improvements, more than 70 new passenger and freighter aircraft, which can be up to 25% more fuel efficient compared with the previous generation, will be joining Cathay’s fleet over the coming years.

Cathay will use SAF to offset 10% of the carbon emissions from employee duty travel on Cathay Pacific flights from 2024 onwards.

Ronald Lam, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Despite being a major airline with one of the best carbon intensity performances in the world*, we are determined to improve our climate performance even further via accelerating the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), modernising our fleet and driving operational improvements.

“This new carbon intensity target will provide necessary drive for actions in the immediate future towards achieving our long-term goals.”


*Based on information published by the LSE Transition Pathway Initiative Centre (TPI Centre),