Cathay Pacific has launched its pilot corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme, allowing corporate customers to reduce their carbon footprint from passenger or cargo flights by contributing to the use of SAF from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The airline claims to be the first in Asia to introduce the pilot scheme, following its announcement last year to target 10% SAF for its total fuel use by 2030.
CEO Augustus Tang said: “We see the launch of this Corporate SAF Programme as an important step for us to engage other like-minded organisations, and a first step in sending an important demand signal to the SAF supply chain that there is firm interest in the region, not only from airlines, but also the aviation value-chain all the way to end users for both passenger and cargo transportation.”
The programme has kicked off with eight corporates as launch customers, including AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), DHL Global Forwarding, HSBC, Kintetsu World Express (KWE), PwC China, Standard Chartered, and Swire Pacific.
The SAF used for this programme is derived from used cooking oil and animal fat waste, delivered by its pilot corporate SAF programme fuel suppliers PetroChina and Shell.
SAF is considered the most important way to decarbonise airline operations in the coming decades. Compared to conventional jet fuel, it reduces up to 100% carbon emissions on a lifecycle basis, depending on the SAF technology used.
Besides Cathay Pacific, Air France-KLM, Lufthansa and United Airlines also have similar schemes in place. IATA has also rolled out a carbon offset initiative to quantify CO2 emissions per passenger for their specific flight.