Hactl has emission reduction targets approved by SBTi

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has had its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Hactl made a public commitment to SBTi last year and its Safety, Sustainability and Quality Assurance team have spent the last 18 months setting targets, which SBTi’s Target Validation team have confirmed comply with SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.

Hong Kong’s largest independent cargo handler has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50.4% by 2030 using 2018 as a baseline.

It has also committed to reducing Scope 3 emissions by 50.4% within the same time period.

Among the measures Hactl will implement to achieve its targets are replacing internal combustion-powered vehicles and ground support equipment with electric versions, procuring Renewable Energy Certificates, increasing the use of energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, working with suppliers to reduce upstream emissions, implementing digital management systems to eliminate paper use and better waste management.

Wilson Kwong, Chief Executive of Hactl, says, “SBTi is the gold standard in targeting and reporting reductions in emissions. We are proud to be an early adopter of the scheme in the aviation sector, and to have had our near-term targets approved.

“But this is just the first step. The latest climate science from the IPCC (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) shows it is still possible to limit global temperature rises to 1.5°C, but we are running dangerously close to that threshold. Urgent action is therefore vital, and Hactl aims both to play its part and set an example for our industry.”