Case Study of an Environmental Management System of Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

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Introduction

In recent years, many corporations have noticed the importance of the environmental responsibility apart from gaining the profit. Quazi et al. (2001) list out some points the corporations would tend to adopt Environmental Management System such as the concern on the board management, saving the cost, attaining the international environmental fulfillment, meeting customer expectations, etc. Therefore, they would invest a portion of resources to manage and improve the environmental performance with different methods. In aviation industry, aircrafts serve as a significant source in producing the greenhouse gases. Some findings point out the aviationindustry produces around 2% of the global emission recently. In the fast
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The Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited serves as a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific that it helps to concentrate in operating the regional flights in Asia.

Analyze the Environmental Management System
Environmental Management System (EMS) is a comprehensive environmental managing plan includes setting the aim, implementing the detailed programme, monitoring the programme process, and finally evaluating the effectiveness of the process(Chan & Hawkins, 2012; Mensah, 2006). Therefore, the objective of EMS is to achieve a firm’s continual improvement of its environmental behavior and performance (Massoud et al., 2010).

This continuous cycle can be divided into 4 parts: planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the programmes (Chen, 2010). The environmental management systems is commonly based on the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) model.

Below are the steps to enable the continual improvement.

1. Plan (Planning): Objects and processes are established to produce the expected results and the desired output.

2. Do (Implementing): To initiate the new custom-made programmes.

3. Check (reviewing): To Inspect, supervise the new technology, and to compare the results to the expected results.

4. Act (improving the programmes) : To review progress and behavior in the previous step to make the necessary change in environmental management system.

As it mentioned before, the aviation produces around 2% of the global emission

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