In line with international trends in carbon reduction, China Airlines adopted the concept of Science-based Targets (SBT) by defining separate voluntary GHG reduction targets for flying and ground operations. A total of 73 initiatives were implemented in 2020, with GHG emissions from ground operations amounting to 20,632 tons CO2e, which exceeded the original target of reducing 38% from base year of 2009. As part of its social responsibility to protect the Earth's environment and maintain sustainable development, China Airlines worked actively with international organizations such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) and SkyTeam to advocate for environmental protection and sustainability. China Airlines also set a target of reaching “net zero carbon emissions” from business activities by 2050. The carrier hopes to work with government and industry stakeholders in the aviation industry including the domestic government, airline regulators, fuel vendors, and ground service providers. By creating an environment that fosters environmental sustainability and international competitiveness, China Airlines will continue to push for positive economic, social and environmental outcomes.
China Airlines proactively initiated the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures framework in order to strengthen the corporate mechanism for responding to climate change risks and opportunities. Another initiative is the ECO Travel carbon offsetting program for environment-friendly travel. China Airlines’ longstanding efforts with sustainable development have received extensive domestic and overseas recognition including being selected as a constituent stock in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and FTSE4Good Emerging Index annually, as well as the winner of the Taiwan Corporate Sustainability and Global Corporate Sustainability Awards. Despite the challenges facing the airline industry as a result of COVID-19, China Airlines continues to introduce new initiatives aimed at implementing its sustainable development policy and goals. (2021/10/26)