Environmental Governance

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.

Our Principles and Policies

China Airlines has established four principles and six policies of environmental and energy management in accordance with the codes of practice for Development of Sustainable Environment (China Airlines Sustainable Development Best Practice Principles) announced in the Board of Directors meeting. China Airlines also combined with the UN's SDGs to develop guidance strategies to ensure that the company’s operations move toward the direction of sustainable development, environmental friendliness, energy conservation, and low-carbon emissions, and promise a beautiful earth and happy future for the next generation.

The Principles of Environmental and Energy

Environmental Promotion Strategies

China Airlines implements environmental management with systematic risk management concept, and actively establishes corporate environmental risk management mechanism. Through establishment of environmental organizations and announcement of environmental policies, China Airlines conducted the phased introduction of ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and ISO 50001 Energy Management System, along with the staff education and key performance indicators (KPI) setting and implementation, and gradually deepen the corporate environmental culture of PDCA continuous improvement. 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 increasingly stringent international environmental regulations and increased awareness of low-carbon consumption, CAL has endeavored to develop and implement a variety of strategies based on environmental and energy management principals s and policies. 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, ISO 50001 and ISO 14064, CAL continuously deepens and grasps the concerns of stakeholders and the internal and external environmental and energy risks and opportunities with the life cycle perspective.

Fulfilling Strategies for Environmental and Carbon Management

China Airlines Sustainable Development Best Practice Principles

Environmental and Energy Principle Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations Conserving the Earth's Resource PImproving Eco-Efficiency Fulfilling Corporate 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 Promoting environmental and energy conservation education to foster employees’ eco-awareness Implementing green supply chain management to raise overall eco-efficiency Creating a low-carbon operating environment to establish continual improvement of environmental protection and energy efficiency Supporting green design and procurement to promote sustainable development
  • Keep abreast of the domestic and international trends and promote the channels and platforms of stakeholders' engagement
  • Actively participate in international cooperation and keep up with major issues
  • Improve management / monitoring mechanisms
  • Improve the quality of the environmental and energy management system
  • Plan and implement environmental performance and carbon reduction objectives
  • Create diverse channels of communication
  • Establish incentive plans to encourage employees to achieve and promote environmental protection
  • Establish a supply chain risk assessment and management system
  • Build corporate capacity for environmental and energy management
  • Optimize equipment efficiency
  • Introduced low-carbon and renewable energy-based facilities
Action Plan
  • Regularly check statutory requirements and commitments
  • Participate in domestic and international meetings at industry and government levels to keep up with regulatory trends
  • Implement management system compliance audits
  • Respond to the international benchmark ratings such as DJSI, CDP and other public and private sector recognitions and competitions.
  • Keep abreast of ISO standards and improve the environmental management system
  • Improve the risk assessment and management mechanisms for environmental protection, energy, and carbon emissions
  • Establish objectives and improve performance for energy conservation and carbon reduction and environmental protection
  • Implement internal audit and management review mechanisms and implement third-party certification
  • Establish a climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD) procedure
  • Establish an environmental management information system to keep track of environmental performance
  • Implement company-wide environmental protection and energy conservation training
  • Provide necessary training to ensure the competence of person(s) who may affect the environmental and energy performance
  • Organize an annual seminar and contest on environmental protection
  • Establish a knowledge-based platform to promote environmental protection and energy conservation from time to time
  • Establish a proposal incentive mechanism
  • Train seeds of environmental protection among CAL and its key suppliers
  • Organize energy conservation and environmental protection training for the value chain
  • Conduct supply chain risk assessments
  • Conduct the contractor / supplier conference and regular meetings to communicate the sustainable and environmental requirements of CAL
  • Check and optimize energy equipment and management measures
  • Keep abreast of technology and regulatory trends and introduce renewable energy equipment in a timely manner

Management Organization

To implement the policy, CAL established the Corporate Environmental Committee in 2011 with the President as the top management and the Corporate Safety Office 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 top management quarterly. And he/she also reports environmental and climate risks, opportunity issues and various response management and development plans to the routine Sustainability Committee and the Board of Directors. 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 management trends of fuels, GHG emissions, plan countermeasures, and review the performance and results in regular meetings.

CAL Environmental Management Operation Logics

Corporate Environmental Committee Organization

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As carbon emissions reduction and carbon credits management involve multiple operations and strategic units, China Airlines established the carbon management task force and the sustainable aviation fuel task force 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.