Malaysia Airlines plane credit Riik@mctr on flickr
The parent company of Malaysia Ailines and Firefly, Malaysia Aviation Group, has launched a sustainability blueprint designed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and to promote socio-economic development.
The group has announced that it has 66 initiatives in various stages of implementation in 5 key areas; Economic, Governance, Safety and Security, Environmental and Social.
Key short-term targets include 50% of in-flight and ground waste being recycled or up-cycled by 2025, reducing overall carbon dioxide emissions by 25 million kg in 2021 and 50% of in-flight operations materials being biodegradable.
The Blueprint also includes:
- Emission reduction and fuel conservation
- Gender equality – increasing the number of women in decision making positions
- Work and economic growth through gainful employment
- Responsible Consumption and Production of all products
- Climate Change
“As we look forward and seek to create a brighter future for the national aviation services group, we have to be conscious and work towards creating a future that also elevates and protects the communities we are present in.”
“In the long run, our sustainability initiatives will drive us to be a more responsible, efficient and effective organization, with the character and mindset to be environmentally responsible, the leadership to empower and develop our workforce expertise, the responsibility to spearhead safety leadership, the experience to go above and beyond compliance, and the ingenuity to maintain and grow profitability and resilience.”
“Together we will create a greener world, to ensure the lives we touch may continue to flourish, and actively play our role as the national carrier and helping the nation fly ever higher.”Captain Izham Ismail, CEO MAG Group
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines generated around 6.7 million tons of cabin waste in 2018. These include plastic wrappings for pillows and blankets, juice bottles and food packaging.
Malaysia Airlines has also engaged in carbon offsetting initiatives in line with CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) set by the ICAO (a United Nations Specialized Agency).
“The UN strongly believes that it is a win-win solution for businesses to align themselves to the Sustainability Development Goals. MAG’s Sustainability Blueprint is a step forward in the aviation sector’s contribution to realising the SDDG’s by 2030.”
“Given the global consensus on the SDG’s and the growing consumer demands for socially responsible and environmentally sustainabile business practices both in Malaysia and globally, there is a strong case for businesses to come together and accelerate the sustainability agenda in all sectors.”Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam
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