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For Immediate Release 28th June 2021

Swire Pacific Commits to Net Zero Carbon Emissions, Water Neutrality and Zero Waste
to Landfill by 2050

The company's latest sustainable development strategy, SwireTHRIVE 2.0, sets out updated targets in the newly published 2020 Sustainable Development Report

Swire Pacific announced today a refreshed and expanded sustainable development strategy, SwireTHRIVE 2.0, outlined in its 2020 Sustainable Development Report. The strategy reinforces the company's longstanding commitment to sustainable development and reflects the need for increased ambition and action from the global business community to help address some of the world's most pressing challenges.

The latest iteration of SwireTHRIVE builds on the company's 2016 environmental strategy and covers five priority areas: Climate (decarbonisation and resilience), Waste, Water, People (diversity and inclusion and health and safety), and Communities. The strategy is underpinned by stretching targets to reduce carbon, water and waste, and to strengthen diversity and inclusion. As a group, Swire Pacific commits to achieving the following targets by 2030:

  • 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from direct operations (excluding Cathay Pacific's jet fuel) from a 2018 base year;
  • 27% reduction in water withdrawal from a 2018 frozen efficiency baseline;
  • 55% waste managed by us diverted from landfill; and
  • 30% women in senior management roles by 2024.

Beyond 2030, Swire Pacific will continue to reduce its carbon emissions to achieve net zero by 2050. This level of ambition is in line with the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement and supports national and local decarbonisation commitments. The company has also set stretching targets to achieve water neutrality and zero waste to landfill by 2050. It continues to actively promote diversity and inclusion both in the workplace and more broadly.

Dr Mark Watson, Group Head of Sustainability said, "Avoiding the worst impacts of climate change requires the world to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. At Swire Pacific, we have aligned our ambition with the agreed climate science. Not only is this the right thing to do for the long term, but it will enable Swire Pacific to be a more resilient, futureproof business and to capitalise on important opportunities for further innovation and sustainable growth. SwireTHRIVE 2.0 focusses on those areas where we aim to create positive impact and change, and to be clear in communicating our progress going forward."

Swire Pacific will continue to report on its performance and progress against the SwireTHRIVE 2.0 commitments. To find out more about Swire's latest sustainable development strategy and targets, please see our 2020 Sustainable Development Report at

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About Swire Pacific Limited

Swire Pacific Limited (HKSE: 00019/00087) is a publicly quoted company in Hong Kong, with diversified interests in five operating divisions: Property, Aviation, Beverages, Marine Services and Trading & Industrial. The company's operations are predominantly based in the Greater China region, where Swire has been established for over 150 years. It is also the major shareholder in two Hong Kong listed companies: Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific Airways. Swire Pacific is listed on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index, Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index, MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) ESG Leaders Index.