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Hong Kong International Airport unveils Net Zero 2050 strategy

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Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) today unveiled its target and strategy to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050, with a midpoint target of 55% reduction of absolute emissions by 2035 from a 2018 baseline.

Fred Lam, CEO of operator Airport Authority of Hong Kong (AAHK), said: “Sustainability is at the centre of our long-term development vision. HKIA’s Net Zero Carbon target not only aligns with the government’s 2050 carbon neutrality target, but also makes us a leading airport in carbon management.

“Working closely with business partners, we are confident in achieving our carbon reduction targets in tandem with the future capacity and traffic growth at the airport.”

To achieve the midpoint target, AAHK has formulated a carbon management action plan which aims at the reduction of both direct emissions at the airport and indirect emissions from consumption of electricity and gas.

Measures that have already been taken forward to reduce direct emissions include electrification of airside vehicles, a ground services equipment pooling scheme, piloting of renewable diesel, and more. AAHK has also been implementing energy efficiency initiatives that bring down indirect emissions, including installation of LED lighting and energy efficient chillers, as well as development of innovative energy management solutions such as a battery energy storage system, among others.

The HKG airport operator works closely with the airport community under an airport-wide approach to set and achieve the new carbon reduction targets. AAHK and the key aviation-related business partners, accounting for about 90% of the carbon footprint at HKIA, have jointly committed to achieving the targets.

To support business partners in achieving the Net Zero Carbon target, AAHK is launching a Business Partner Carbon Support Programme that comprises a HK$20 million Green Innovation and Technology Fund to support piloting of new technologies; a capacity building programme in partnership with the Business Environment Council to build essential skills and knowledge in carbon management across the airport community; and Technology Working Groups to enhance collaboration between AAHK and business partners.

AAHK also supports the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), with relevant fuelling infrastructure already installed at HKIA that enables airlines to receive, store and uptake pre-blended SAF at HKG.

It notes that it will also work with industry partners to promote the awareness and knowledge for the importance of scaling up SAF usage in the region.

AAHK’s general manager for sustainability, Peter Lee, said: “Innovation, capacity building and collaboration hold the key to achieving the Net Zero Carbon target.

“Our Business Partner Carbon Support Programme is tailored to address the needs in all these aspects. We are pleased to see the positive response from our business partners in support of decarbonisation.

“With the collaborative effort of the airport community, we are fully committed to achieving this Net Zero Carbon target in pursuit of our pledge to make Hong Kong the world’s greenest airport.”

AAHK recently published its Sustainability Report for the year 2020/21. For details, please visit:

https://www.hongkongairport.com/iwov-resources/file/sustainability/sustainability-report/AA_Sustainability_Report_202021_ENG.pdf

Aviation-related companies committed to Net Zero Carbon by 2050 target:

 1AFSC Operations Limited
 2AFSC Refuelling Limited
 3Air Hong Kong Limited
 4Aviation Security Company Limited
 5Cathay Pacific Airways Limited
 6Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Limited
 7Cathay Pacific Services Limited
 8CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
 9Civil Aviation Department
 10CNAF Hong Kong Refuelling Limited
 11DHL Aviation (Hong Kong) Limited
 12Gate Gourmet Hong Kong Limited
 13Government Flying Service
 14Ground Support Engineering Limited
 15Headland Hotel
 16Hong Kong Airlines Limited
 17Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited
 18Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited
 19Hong Kong Airport Services Limited
 20Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre Limited
 21Hong Kong Express Airways Limited
 22Hong Kong Observatory
 23Jardine Aviation Services Limited
 24LSG Lufthansa Service Hong Kong Ltd.
 25Pan Asia Pacific Aviation Services Limited
 26SATS HK Limited
 27Sinopec (Hong Kong) Petrol Filling Station Co., Ltd.
 28Tradeport Hong Kong Limited
 29Worldwide Flight Services

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