We encourage the use of renewable energy in our operations. In 2019, Swire Properties, Swire Coca-Cola and HAECO Xiamen generated 16.2 million kWh of electricity from renewable energy sources.
Swire Coca-Cola has committed to using 100% renewable electricity for its core operations by 2026. In 2019, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems were installed at its Nanjing and Shanghai bottling plants. Eight of its bottling plants in Mainland China have solar PV systems. These PV systems generate around 14.6 million kWh of electricity per year, 3.5% of overall electricity consumption, saving HK$1.2 million.
In 2020, solar PV systems will be installed at plants in Yuma, Arizona, and Taiwan. Swire Coca-Cola is considering entering into a virtual power purchase agreement, to match one third of the electricity usage of its USA facilities.
Swire Properties has installed solar PV panels and a waste-to-energy tri-generation system at One Taikoo Place. These are estimated to supply renewable energy equivalent to approximately 4% of the energy used by Swire Properties as a landlord. In 2019, more than 268,000 kWh of renewable energy was generated at INDIGO, Beijing, Taikoo Hui, Guangzhou, Taikoo Li Sanlitun, Beijing, and One Taikoo Place, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Aero Engine Services is installing a 200kW solar PV array on the roof of one of its buildings, which will be connected to the local energy grid.
Cathay Pacific has committed to buying 1.1 million tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel over 10 years, enough for approximately 2% of its operations. Since 2016, all 34 of its new Airbus A350-900 and A350-1000 aircraft have been delivered from Toulouse to Hong Kong using a blend of biofuels made from sustainable sugar feedstock. 6.4 tonnes of biofuel were used in 2019.
Cathay Pacific has an investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy, a USA based sustainable biofuel developer and pioneer in the development and commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel, made from municipal solid waste. When its plant begins operations later this year, Fulcrum will be able to convert 175,000 tonnes of waste into more than 10 million gallons of fuel per annum.