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Hong Kong Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition launched

The Hong Kong Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition (HKSAFC) has been officially launched.

The Hong Kong Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition (HKSAFC) has been officially launched.

The HKSAFC is a multi-stakeholder platform in the region that brings together the aviation industry, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producers, fuel suppliers, infrastructure developers, corporate users, and policymakers to collaborate on advancing the development, supply, and use of SAF.

Cathay is co-initiator of the coalition which is convened and chaired by the Business Environment Council (BEC) along with 13 founding partners from the SAF value chain.

Driving the use of SAF

In October 2023, the Hong Kong SAR Government highlighted the importance of SAF in its 2023 Policy Address, emphasising forward-looking planning to drive the use of SAF in Hong Kong.

The HKSAFC aims to facilitate the adoption of SAF in Hong Kong by conducting whitepaper research on SAF development, engaging with different stakeholders and the government, and raising public awareness of the benefits as well as challenges of SAF.

The coalition also seeks to grow Hong Kong as a regional SAF hub that can contribute to global climate mitigation efforts and China’s carbon-neutrality target.

Liu Chun San, JP, acting secretary for transport and logistics, said: “The government fully endorses the direction of using SAF to decarbonise the aviation sector which helps maintain the leading position of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in green and sustainable development.

“Apart from the environmental benefits, ensuring the sufficient supply of SAF at HKIA would help consolidate Hong Kong’s international aviation hub status.

“Most airlines now have their own sustainability goals or requirements imposed by their base governments on the use of SAF.

“The availability of SAF at airports will be, if not has been, one of the major considerations of airlines in flight planning and expansion.”

Ronald Lam, Cathay Group chief executive, said: “Sustainability is a key focus for Cathay, and we are committed to achieving our carbon net-zero goal by 2050.

“We firmly believe that SAF is a key enabler for the aviation industry to achieve its long-term environmental targets and to support the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

“Hong Kong has to be able to cultivate the development and use of SAF to retain and enhance its leading international aviation hub status.

“However, we cannot do this alone – it requires collaboration among all parties, and the HKSAFC is an important step in this direction.

“I look forward to working with all of the coalition partners in the coming months and years, to join the global efforts to tackle the climate challenge.”

Simon Ng, HKSAFC chair and chief executive of BEC, said: “Aviation is widely recognised as one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise. In the foreseeable future, SAF is considered the most viable way for decarbonising the sector.

“Through the launch of HKSAFC, BEC will engage with multiple stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of SAF at Hong Kong International Airport, ensuring its availability and affordability.”

Who is involved?

Coalition partners include: AFSC Operations Limited; Airport Authority Hong Kong; Board of Airline Representatives Hong Kong; Business Environment Council; Cathay Pacific Airways Limited; China Aviation Oil (Hong Kong) Company Limited; ECO Aviation Fuel Services Limited; EcoCeres Limited; PetroChina International (Hong Kong) Corporation Limited; PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited; Shell Aviation; Sinopec (Hong Kong) Aviation Co., Ltd; Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Ltd; and Swire Pacific Limited.

(Above picture: Liu Chun-san, JP, acting secretary for transport and logistics (front row, fourth from left); C. F. Wong, commissioner for climate change of the Environment and Ecology Bureau (front row, third from left); Simon Ng, chair of HKSAFC and chief executive of BEC (front row, fifth from left); Ronald Lam, chief executive of the Cathay Group (front row, fourth from right) and representatives from all coalition partners attended the HKSAFC launch ceremony).

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