We started reporting the amounts of waste disposed of and recycled at a group level in 2014. In 2016, we disposed of 4% more waste than in 2015 and recycled 12% more waste than in 2015. Swire Properties (including its tenants) generated more than half of our waste in 2016.
We encourage operating companies to reduce waste by improving procurement and operations and by using less packaging and more sustainable materials.
As part of their SD2030 strategy, Swire Properties has set the following waste reduction targets:
- By 2020, achieve a 25% commercial waste diversion rate from landfills for its Hong Kong portfolio
- By 2020, achieve a 80% demolition waste diversion rate from landfills for its Hong Kong projects
- By 2020, achieve a 60% construction waste diversion rate from landfills for its Hong Kong projects
Swire Beverages has to use bottles, cans and other packaging. To reduce waste, Swire Beverages tries to use lightweight packaging and to minimise its amount. Since 2012, the weight of each aluminium can has been reduced by 22%, so saving about 513 tonnes of aluminium.
We aim to recycle more paper, plastic, metal, glass, construction material, food and electronic items. In 2016, Cathay Pacific recycled 10,799 kg of plastic cups, 20,242 kg of plastic bottles, 22,066 kg of aluminium cans and 568,148 kg of glass bottles on inbound flights to Hong Kong. Regulations make recycling on outbound flights difficult.
In 2016, Cathay Dragon recycled 3,826 kg of plastic bottles and 1,516 kg of aluminium cans.
Cathay Pacific has an investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, which is developing a technology for converting household waste into fuel.
We are improving our collection and monitoring of information about waste. As part of the new Group sustainability strategy Thrive, we are developing a road map for minimising our adverse impact on the environment caused by waste.