Environmental Initiatives

CAL actively supports and participates in the sustainability initiatives and organizations at home and abroad, expanding the environmental and sustainability vision of Taiwan's aviation industry internationally, while also allowing the world to see the sustainable Taiwan.

International Participation

In response to the increasingly stringent international regulations of carbon management and growing awareness of consumers on low-carbon development, despite being a member of Taiwan's aviation industry and challenged by international politics, domestic regulations, and technical R&D difficulties, CAL remains an active participant in domestic and international stakeholder negotiations. Through participating in relevant international associations and alliance meetings, CAL acquires first hand data, immediately discusses response targets and strategies, and also provide data to our government and think tanks, lobbying and providing assistance for establishing industry response strategies, thereby promoting our aviation industry to align with international potential competitions in and targets for sustainable development.

Since 2016


Flight Safety Foundation (FSF)

Through the foundation's industry – government exchange platform and functions, promote information communication and exchanges of flight operations and environmental protection between industry -government environmental protection departments.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

Served as FSF's convener of the technical regulations group, promoted and established systematized collection and research mechanisms for international flight safety and relevant regulations, and proposed regulatory amendments or recommendations for the formulation of response strategies to relevant units and institutions, thereby improving the domestic regulatory environment and industry competitiveness.

Since 2015


International Air Transport Association(IATA) Sustainability and Environment Advisory Council since 2020 / Environment Committee from 2015 to 2020

Assist IATA committee to devise global aviation industry environmental management and sustainable development policies and strategies, and supervise and execute relevant strategies and programs.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

Served as a member/observer, participated in the discussion of international civil aviation environmental affairs, and supported investigations and studies on relevant environmental discussions.

Since 2014


Association of Atmosphere Protection in Taiwan (AAPT)

Promote atmosphere protection in Taiwan, including protecting the ozone layer, preventing greenhouse effect, and improving air quality, as well as facilitating international exchange.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

Serving as one of the directors, CAL assists in promoting the atmosphere-protection related national policies, regulations, academic exchange, technological R&D, and industry–government exchange to provide counseling and services.


International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) planning processes.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

As a member of the IATA delegation, CAL actively participates in ICAO side events and technical negotiations, and collects meeting data. In addition to the use of internal analytic processes,


Civil Aeronautics Administration, MOTC (CAA)

According to the outlook suggested by ICAO's Basket of Measures, CAL encourages and promotes industries to adopt voluntary reduction management measures, promotes the National Airlines Company Promotion of GHG voluntary Reduction process, and facilitates domestic low-carbon transportation service environment.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

Integrate corporate Carbon Management Task Force’s resources to evaluate operation conditions, in order to set stipulate, and release China Airlines Voluntary Greenhouse Gases Emission Reduction Statement. Devised Aviation Passenger Transportation Service—Carbon Footprint Product Category Rules (PCR) with CAA in 2016, and then received the carbon label in 2017 and carbon reduction label in 2020 from Environmental Protection Administration.

Since 2013


EPA—Clean Development and Carbon Rights Management Strategic Alliance

Assist industry through low carbon transformation, create carbon reduction opportunities, promote industry cooperation while assume responsibilities of corporate sustainability.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

As a founding member of EPA's Clean Development and Carbon Rights Management Strategic Alliance, CAL actively exchanges carbon management experience and opinions with the industry, government, and the academic field, helps navigate through grasping the global trend of the development of carbon management in the international aviation industry, assists industries through low carbon transformation, and facilitates industry collaborations toward sustaibability.


Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)
Executive committee

Acquire aviation regulations of various nations, provide member information exchange, support industry development and process complaints.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

Invited to serve as a member of AAPA's executive committee to participate in discussions on increasing aviation fuel efficiencies and developing biofuel strategies.


International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Air Cargo Carbon Footprint Working Group (ACCF)

ACCF discusses the method used to calculate carbon footprint in the air cargo transport industry and the principles for information disclosure.

CAL's role of participation and response measures

As a member of the IATA ACCF, CAL participates in technical discussions to facilitate the production of RP1678 carbon footprint calculation guidelines.

Trans-Pacific Climate Observing System

Since 2007, CAL has participated in the "Pacific Greenhouse Gas Measurement (PGGM)" program, which is supported by the Taiwan and EU governments and implemented by the National Central University. The In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System (IAGOS) Instrument is installed on the No. B-18806 A340-300 passenger aircraft, which was officially launched on June 26, 2012, making China Airlines the only airlines in Taiwan, the first airline in the Asia-Pacific area, the second airlines in the world to implement the EU IAGOS project. The upper-air observation data from the aircraft has contributed to the research of the institutes from Taiwan, EU and even the World Meteorological Organization (learn more from IAGOS). The device officially operated on Jun 26, 2012, making CAL the world's second, after Lufthansa, and Asia's first airline company to execute the IAGOS project. The aircraft was also the world's first civil aircraft equipped with IAGOS to collect high altitude gas data above the Pacific Ocean. The collected results have also been contributed to World Meteorological Organization's (learn more from WMO) and make which as an important reference for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The outstanding achievements have been unanimously affirmed by the governments of Republic of China (Taiwan) and the EU, and have been selected for inclusion in the important deeds of the ROC (Taiwan) National Yearbook.

PGGM Instrument Installation Diagram

IAGOS Collect Atmospheric Data

The IAGOS carrier is installed below the cockpit. The detection instrument extends from the fuselage to collect atmospheric data (water vapor, ozone, carbon monoxide, NOx, carbon dioxide) during each aircraft range, and automatically connects to Taiwan's, Japan's, and European and American satellite systems after landing to transmit data to European research organizations and provide live observational air pollution and climate change data, thereby enhancing the construction of the global climate model.

Add Two Additional A330-300 Observation Aircrafts

The PGGM project has achieved outstanding achievements so that two additional A330-300 aircrafts were added into the observation in 2016 and 2017. CAL was the first Airline in Asia to observe pacific climate using dual type aircrafts. The project was expanded to Oceania and assisted academic units save approximately NT$1.4 billion in aircraft dispatch cost each year. The efforts demonstrated CAL’s corporate social responsibility through the active contribution to global environmental protection. As of December 31, 2020, CAL has collected high-altitude gas data from 12,810 flights.

Ecological Conservation

To support the Biodiversity Convention, CAL has implemented transport policies including the prohibition of transporting shark fin and non-human primates, vowing to stay clear of food ingredients of conservation species and participating in IATA related conservation transport operations discussions through the IATA SEAC platform. CAL signed in 2017, together with other benchmark airline companies, the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products, or the Buckingham Palace Declaration (More information), and to adhere to IATA's Guidance on Prohibited Carriage of Wildlife and Related Products by Passengers and commit to implementing subsequent IATA work plans, including: condemning illegal trades of endangered animals and animal products; increasing passenger, supplier, and staff awareness on the adverse consequences of conducting illegal trades of endangered animals.


Because of global warming and drastic climate change, relevant risks and carbon reduction are becoming a crucial sector in corporate management. Increasing number of investment institutes and corporate clients are requesting relevant data from corporations or their suppliers as a reference for investment or cooperation. Invited by the independent international nonprofit institute, CDP, CAL participates in carbon disclosure operations every year since 2012 to report environment management schemes, climate change risk management, and GHG verification data; and is the first transportation service corporation in Taiwan to participate in CDP operations.

Through long-term observation of climate change and carbon reduction topics, and active promotion of carbon management operations, CAL received CDP's rating as a Leadership A- in 2016 and 2018 and the best in the global aviation industry in 2018. In 2020, CAL was rated as Management level (B) in Climate Change questionnaire. Among the six evaluation aspects, CAL is awarded level (A) in ”Emissions reduction Initiatives ”and ”Scope 3 emissions” ; level (A-) in ”Governance ”and ”Business Strategy & Financial Planning ” by CDP.

Also, in response to the Paris Agreement, CAL inspects the carbon reduction targets every year to confirm the Company's compliance with the global carbon reduction targets, and had participated in the 2017 Science-Based Targets (SBT) initiative. Since SBT does not have a carbon reduction methodology applicable to the aviation industry, CAL continued to conduct research on SBT methodology in aviation industry with SBT and IATA from 2019.

Disclosure of Carbon Footprint

The carbon footprint is defined to assess the environmental impact of a product or service from GHG emissions from raw materials, production, transportation, and usage to disposal throughout the life cycle. In order to fulfill carbon management and carbon reduction responsibilities, China Airlines not only monitors its overall carbon emissions on an annual basis, actively promoting various energy-saving operations for key emission sources and responding to the coming Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), but also assumes the role of consumers to analyze and disclose their flight carbon emissions with actual data from fuel consumption and passenger/cargo loadings according to ICAO and IATA calculation methodology. China Airlines also launched the ECO TRAVEL offsetting program in 2018 to assist its customers in making their journey net emissions carbon neutral or zero carbon emissions. For our future generations, China Airlines sincerely invites everyone to join the carbon reduction process, starting with understanding the journey carbon footprint and joining the ECO TRAVEL offsetting program.


  • Economy Class
    714 Unit: Kg CO2 / person
  • Business Class
    1,428 Unit: Kg CO2 / person
  • Cargo
    4,897 Unit: Kg CO2 / ton

Note 1: Passenger transport carbon footprint: Carbon footprint (Kg CO2 / person) produced per passenger in the economy / business cabin
Note 2: Cargo transport carbon footprint: Carbon footprint (Kg CO2 / ton) produced by transporting 1 ton of cargo

Support the promotion of TCFD

CAL proactively responded to the development trend of international carbon management and is the first Taiwan transportation industry to sign support for TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) initiatives in 2018. TCDF was issued by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) which was established by the G20. CAL believes that TCFD can help enterprise to further enhance the identification and control of risks and opportunities in climate issues, and by appropriately linking financial information. TCFD can help strengthen the quality of corporate decision-making and management, and enhance the effectiveness of stakeholder communication and negotiation. CAL participated in translation into traditional Chinese version of TCFD in 2019, supported multiple industrial and governmental promotion events, and helped promote the development of TCFD. CAL has established internal TCFD operating procedures, also stands as Taiwan's first carrier to compile the independent "Climate-Related Financial Disclosure Report" for the board’s review and approval in November 2020 and published the summery report in January 2021 to demonstrate the results of internal management.

Local Actions

In response to the International Coastal Cleanup Day, CAL has organized the annual coastal cleanup campaigns in Taoyuan, New Taipei City, and Kaohsiung since 2011. In 2020, CAL supported the "Taoyuan hugs Clean Beach" event organized by Taoyuan City Government and assembled 350 employees and their relatives from all units to clean up Guanyin Beach. CAL team cleared approximately 2,082kg of waste in this activity including 318kg of waste fishing nets. Each participant took real actions to protect the Mother Earth.