While pursuing business development, China Airlines recognizes the value and irreversibility of the environment, and understands the corporation's responsibility and obligations to protect natural resources and the environment. Based on this understanding, China Airlines has established four principles of environmental and energy management principles and six policies of environmental and energy management according to the codes of practice for Development of Sustainable Environment (China Airlines Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Best Practice Principles) announced in the Board of Directors meeting. China Airlines also integrated UN's SDGs for devising instructional strategies to align future business operations with the sustainable development concepts of environmental friendliness, low-carbon emissions, and energy conservation, hoping for a better and happier future.
China Airlines implements promotion strategies of environmental management based on the concept of systematized risk control management, actively setting up mechanisms to manage corporate environmental risks. The PDCA culture has been instilled to make continual improvements in corporate environmental protection, which include establishing organizations, announcing policies, introducing ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Accounting & Verification, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and ISO 50001 Energy Management System, along with the promotion of staff education, setup and execution of key performance indicators (KPI). The goal of comprehensive coverage and effective control over the overall corporate environmental and energy risk management is thus achieved to ensure the sustainable development of company operations.
In the face of demanding environmental regulations and increasing awareness of low-carbon consumption, CAL has endeavored to develop and implement a variety of strategies based on environmental and energy management ideals and policy statement. With four major tasks, CAL have developed action plans based on the business philosophy of stable operation, prevention, common prosperity, leading the overall industry and value chain to improve sustainable value. By introducing ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management System, CAL is aware of risks and opportunities arising from issues of stakeholders' concern and context of the organization based on the life cycle perspective.
|Environmental and Energy Ideals||Complying with environmental laws & regulations||Conserving the Earth’s resource||Improving eco-efficiency||Fulfilling social responsibility|
|Environmental and Energy Policy||Enforcing compliance obligations to fulfill the company’s responsibilities in environmental protection and energy conservation||Establishing environmental and energy management systems, including performance indicators, to verify compliance with established policies||
|Task||Perfect environmental and energy management operation||Strengthen carbon management||Build capacity on value chain of environmental management||Promote environmental awareness|
To implement the policy, CAL established the Corporate Environmental Committee in 2011. The President is the highest management, and the Corporate Safety Office acts as the executive secretary. Five environmental management committees were established under the Corporate Environmental Committee to take charge of environmental risk management pertaining to in-flight, maintenance and freight services as well as the administration and operation of the headquarters and offices. The head of the major business department acts as the management representative, who is responsible to report the performance of environmental and energy management to the highest management every quarter and to report environmental risks and opportunities and corresponding controls and plans to the Board of Directors in routine meetings convened by the Corporate Sustainability Committee and the Board of Directors and its committees. For material issues, functional task forces, including the Carbon Management Task Force and the Sustainable Aviation/Alternative Fuels Task Force, were also set up to discuss the trends of fuels, GHG emissions, plan countermeasures, and review the performance and results in regular meetings.
As carbon emissions reduction and carbon credits management involve multiple operations and strategic units, China Airlines established the carbon management project team under the corporate environment committee to provide a coordination platform for the company's strategic planning and execution in response to climate change and relevant international regulations on carbon control.
Conduct Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) operations in accordance with the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS); keep up to date on international carbon reduction developments and regulations.
Conduct carbon credit operations in accordance with EU ETS regulations; engage in research and trading of carbon purchasing / offsets.
Continue to improve fuel efficiency through aircraft fuel-savings, dispatching and route planning.
Plan European routes and flights. The purchase and study of new, fuel-efficient aircraft.
• Analyze financial impact and technical feasibility
• Monitor and review results
• Establish channels of communication and cooperation
with equipment and fuel suppliers
• Establish strategic partnership
• Analyze policies and trends of technological development at home and abroad and plan the development strategies
Note：Established in April 2017, the Sustainable Aviation/Alternative Fuels Task Force is responsible to discuss laws and regulations, airworthiness of aircraft, technology, and procedures for supporting ground handling agencies and develop corresponding strategies.
According to the UN statistics, the aviation industry produces approximately 2% of the total carbon dioxide worldwide, which will increase to an estimated 3% carbon dioxide production by 2050. Based on the data, International Air Transport Association (IATA) established three targets and four strategic pillars in June, 2009 for the global aviation industry to reduce carbon emissions. China Airlines follows the IATA goals and actively participates in relevant operations, making concerted efforts in planning and implementing environmental management strategies to contribute to the global environment.
Based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) management cycle and the spirit of ongoing improvement, CAL directs each environment management committee each year to inspect environmental risks and energy consumption hotspots each year, to devise various programs for assessing and improving each environmental and energy performance item, and report operations progress during each quarterly environment committee meetings in which, the president or whose agent supervises and controls the environmental and energy risks for all operations items.
(t CO2e / year)
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Air container weight reduction, environmental services / product / education / procurement / information platform, toxic substance reduction and waste / material recycling.
When airplanes lift off into the fluffy arms of the clouds, we come to sense the thumping heartbeats of the earth. The uplifting air condensed down to our love for the earth and our commitment to protect and minimize our impact on the ecosystem as we glide through the sky; we vow to reduce carbon footprinta and spread seeds for the love of earth to keep the world spinning on without end.
Energy Management System
Environmental Management System
Note : In 2017, CAL introduced and completed the transition of ISO 14001:2015.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory