Reducing pollution and protecting natural resources helps us thrive. Recovering materials and reusing them at the end of their lives helps achieve this.
We aim to minimise waste and treat it as a resource to improve efficiency, lower cost and reduce our impact on the environment. We aim to recycle and reuse waste, converting it into energy or safely returning it to the environment, as much as possible.
We are committed to turning today’s waste into a resource for tomorrow, contributing to the creation of a circular economy, where waste materials are no longer simply thrown away, but are retained and re-used as future resource.
As the world’s population and affluence increases, so does waste. Landfills are reaching capacity. Governments are taxing waste, increasing business costs. We operate in different places which are at different stages of development in recovering and recycling waste.
By reducing waste, we reduce the cost of packaging, waste management and disposal. The circular economy is creating new markets. There is increasing awareness of waste recycling, particularly of plastics and post-consumer waste. Recycling waste could become a valuable revenue stream for us.
In 2018, we disposed of 12.3% more waste than in 2017. Swire Properties (including its tenants) generated more than 40% of our 2018 waste. The 11 new bottling plants in our beverages divisions generated much of 2018’s increase.
In 2018, we recycled 34.1% more waste than in 2017. Swire Coca-Cola accounted for 50% of the waste recycled in 2018.
We aim to recycle more paper, plastic, metal, glass, construction materials, food and electronic items.
Cathay Pacific is part of the IATA cabin waste working group, which aims to address airline cabin waste management. In 2018, the airline recycled 467 tonnes of plastic, 1,983 tonnes of paper and cardboard and 463 tonnes of glass on inbound flights to Hong Kong. Waste on outbound flights is not recycled. It cannot be carried back for hygiene reasons. Regulations often prohibit recycling of waste from international flights.
At its Two Taikoo Place development, Swire Properties intends to divert 80% of its construction waste from landfills, in order to meet its BEAM Plus ratings requirements.
“In 2018, Cathay Pacific recycled 467 tonnes of plastic, 1,983 tonnes of paper and cardboard and 463 tonnes of glass on inbound flights to Hong Kong.”
HAECO Hong Kong and HAESL implemented waste segregation programmes and better contractor controls to ensure waste wood was sent to an appropriate recycler. At HAECO Hong Kong, the recycling rate increased from 2% in 2016 to 39% in 2017. This level was maintained in 2018.
With St. James Settlement Upcycling Centre, Cathay Pacific Catering Services turns old rice packaging into household recycling bags.
In 2018 Cathay Pacific retired six old aircraft and introduced four new A350-1000 aircraft. This improves fuel-efficiency. It worked with aircraft manufacturers, the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association’s accredited companies, and other end-of-life specialists to salvage spare parts and recycle or reuse parts and materials. A large proportion of components can be re-certified, reused or sold to other users. Under PAMELA (Airbus’ Process for Advanced Management of End-of-Life Aircraft), retired Airbus A340 aircraft were recycled with up to 90% of their components reused or recovered. Hazardous waste, mainly lubrication oil, is sent to specialised waste handlers for proper disposal. A B777-200 was donated to a museum.
The management and use of waste can provide business opportunities. Our investments in Swire Waste Management and Fulcrum Bioenergy are good examples.
Swire Coca-Cola is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Group. The group aims to reduce the environmental footprint of plastics through packaging innovation and consumer engagement on better recycling practices. Swire Coca-Cola is a signatory of the New Plastic Economy Global Commitment, which has ambitious 2025 targets to address plastic waste and pollution at source.
Cathay Pacific Catering Services reprocesses used cooking oil into vehicle biodiesel. In 2018, it converted 31,964 litres of oil and recovered 1,358.5 tonnes of food waste for conversion to animal feed. It donated 283 tonnes of surplus food from inbound flights to people in need through Feeding Hong Kong. It donated 4.59 tonnes of surplus bakery goods and bottled water to Food Angel, which feeds senior citizens of Hong Kong.
“In 2018, CPCS converted 31,964 litres of oil and recovered 1,358.5 tonnes of food waste for conversion to animal feed.”
Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong obtained government approval to send the organic by-products from its bottling plant to Hong Kong’s Organic Resources Recovery Centre where its organic waste is converted to compost and biogas. It provides wastewater sludge and damaged wooden pallets to be used as biomass fuel by a recycler in Hong Kong. All this reduces the proportion of waste going to landfill. In 2017, 49% of Swire Coca-Cola’s waste in Hong Kong went to landfills. The percentage fell to 19% in 2018. It is intended to reduce the percentage further.
In 2019, we are developing a group waste management policy, which will guide our approach to reducing waste.
We are improving how we collect and monitor our information on waste. We are developing and recommending comprehensive data protocols – including data collection and calculation methodologies – and setting operational boundaries.
As part of SwireTHRIVE, we are developing 2030 targets for the percentage of our waste diverted from landfill and for percentages of our waste recycled, reused and recovered.