Cathay Pacific adds three firms to its SAF programme


Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airline said that it has added Dimerco Express, Yusen Logistics and Business Environment Council to the Corporate Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Programme to help decarbonise the aviation industry and achieve its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“We would like to warmly welcome our new partners, and express our gratitude to our original launch customers for their continued support of the programme. We look forward to welcoming other interested companies to sign up to reduce their indirect emissions from flight-related activities, and join our mission to be Greener Together,” said Ronald Lam, CEO, Cathay Group.

The airline launched its Corporate SAF Programme in 2022 with the addition of AIA, Airport Authority Hong Kong, Kintetsu World Express, PwC China, Standard Chartered and Swire Pacific as its launch customers.

Cathay’s SAF programme provides firms using SAF with clear documentation of their Scope 3 emissions reductions.

Under the programme, Cathay Pacific sources SAF certified by internationally recognised sustainability standards, and then customers contribute to scale up the use of SAF on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Cargo flights.

Subsequently, Cathay Pacific uses SAF, instead of standard fossil jet fuel, to power flights against which it issues verified emissions reduction certificate and a third-party assurance letter, to help corporates reduce Scope 3 carbon emissions from business travel or cargo transportation.

Cathay was one of the first airlines to announce a target of 10% SAF for its total fuel use by 2030. Since then, the airline has uplifted SAF at Hong Kong International Airport 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.

Last year, Cathay and State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive the further development of the SAF supply chain in China.