The Taiwan government recognized China Airlines for its industry-leading eco-friendly services at the third annual Taiwan Green Classics Awards on October 29. At the award ceremony, China Airlines Chairman Huang-Hsiang Sun received the Green Classics Services Award from the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
The award recognizes China Airlines’ incorporation of environmentally-friendly practices into its ground and in-flight services. China Airlines’ ECO Service includes a suite of electronic and mobile services ranging from online ticketing to mobile check-in; the use of local ingredients, in partnership with local farmers and chefs, to reduce the carbon footprint of its in-flight meals and VIP lounge refreshments; the design of in-flight supplies that adopt principles of weight reduction, waste reduction, and sustainability, such as reusable chopsticks. With each passenger flying with China Airlines, ECO Service spreads the concept of energy efficiency and environmental protection, leading Taiwan’s aviation and service industries in sustainable business practices.
Environmental protection and sustainable development are among China Airlines’ core values. Since 2007, China Airlines has made environmental management one of its operational focus areas. It has also established four principles of environmental and energy management: complying with environmental regulations, conserving the Earth’s resources, improving eco-efficiency, and fulfilling social responsibilities. China Airlines is one of the first airlines in Asia to implement ISO14064 greenhouse gas verification and management system and proactively participate in the Pacific Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Program (PGGM). At the same time, it has established an ISO14001 environmental management system, and in 2013 launched the ISO50001 process for energy management. To keep the public informed of its environmental initiatives, China Airlines maintains a corporate social responsibility (CSR) website and publishes an annual environmental sustainability report.
China Airlines leads Taiwan’s aviation and transportation industries in environmental protection, and has garnered numerous accolades including the “Energy Conservation and Carbon Reduction Action Mark” award from the Environmental Protection Administration in 2011 and 2012; the Super Green grand jury prize and first place in the transportation category of Business Next magazine’s Green Brand Survey in 2012 and 2013; the Green Sustainability Award in the first annual Million Trees event hosted by the HIMA Foundation in 2013; and an outstanding low-carbon airline award from Hong Kong Leaders’ Choice in 2013.
The Bureau of Foreign Trade established the Taiwan Green Classics Awards in 2011. All entries are reviewed in a three-phase selection process by a judging panel of respected experts and professionals from the environmental, research and development, design, and marketing fields. The four criteria of the Taiwan Green Classics Awards are “Green Values of Product/Service,” “Green Supply Chain Management,” “Innovative Technology and Green Marketing,” and “Corporate Social Responsibility.”
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