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At Dragonair, we are committed to putting the safety and well-being of our people and customers first, contributing to the communities we fly to and continually improving our environmental performance.

Below are our positions on some of the pertinent issues that are relevant to our business and stakeholders. 

On the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Expansion Plan (Third Runway)

In June 2011, the Airport Authority Hong Kong released its 20-year development blueprint for Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) ("Master Plan 2030") to solicit stakeholder and public feedback on the airport's future development direction over a three-month consultation period, including the construction of a third runway.

Dragonair is fully committed to the belief that the third runway is essential in order to enhance the city’s reputation as one of the world’s key aviation hubs. The additional capacity will have wide-ranging economic benefits for the community. While we acknowledge that aviation has an impact on the environment and climate change, the industry is working to ensure that we are also part of the solution in its commitment to achieve sustainable long-term growth, reduce its environmental impact whilst continuing to generate significant benefits for societies, tourism, world trade and economies.

Under the Hong Kong Airport Authority's Carbon Reduction Project, over 40 business partners around the airport community pledged to reduce airport-wide carbon emissions by 25% per workload unit by 2015 from 2008 levels (where one workload unit is equal to one passenger or 100kg of cargo).  

On Climate Change

Substantial reductions in global carbon emissions are urgently required to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Dragonair acknowledges that:

  • Aviation is estimated to contribute to approximately 2% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions
  • Improved efficiency can be achieved through technological improvements, operations controls and improved air traffic management systems
  • Absolute missions will continue to rise as the industry grows

We are already making a very positive contribution towards addressing climate change by:

  • Measuring and reporting openly on our emissions
  • Working with industry partners and lobbying regulators to support route improvements and address inefficiencies in air traffic management
  • Maximizing efficiency through operational efficiency drivers and fleet development
  • Addressing climate change through the development of a carbon management plan and a carbon offset project

We support the following:

  • The important role that carbon trading schemes can play to help secure the required reduction in global carbon emissions at minimum cost
  • The funding of carbon emission reduction strategies on the ground from any revenues raised through economic instruments
  • The leadership by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in establishing a carbon trading scheme for international aviation

Through our sister airline Cathay Pacific, Dragonair will work with IATA and other industry partnerships to facilitate such action.

On Sustainable Aviation Biofuels

In 2009, our sister airline Cathay Pacific representing the Group joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) - an airline-led industry working group united by the need to accelerate the commercialisation of aviation biofuels by developing robust, global sustainability criteria and best practices for the aviation biofuel markets.

The Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group was formed in September 2008 with support and advice from the world's leading environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB). The group is focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuels.

Like all SAFUG members, Cathay Pacific has signed a Sustainability Pledge, and believes that a key driver to a carbon neutral industry is advancing and adopting sustainable aviation biofuels. Sustainable aviation biofuels will perform equal to, or better than, petroleum based fuels and will have a carbon neutral lifecycle - production through use. According to the pledge, these fuels should:

  • Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
  • Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
  • Do not displace or compete with food crops
  • Provide a positive socioeconomic impact
  • Do not require any special fuel handling equipment, distribution systems, or changes to engine design

Contact Us

Environmental Affairs Department
Cathay Pacific City
8 Scenic Road
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong

Email: environment@dragonair.com