(12 Apr 2021)
Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG), the parent company of
Malaysia Airlines, Firefly, MASwings, Amal,
MABkargo, AeroDarat Services and MAB Academy, has launched a sustainability
blueprint designed to promote socio-economic
development and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

With 66 initiatives already in various phases of
implementation across 23 sustainability matters from 5 key focus
areas, namely Economic, Governance, Safety and Security,
Environmental and Social, the blueprint will also function as a
driver to accelerate and support the initiatives into the
future.

MAG’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Captain Izham
Ismail, said, “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.

Malaysia Airlines A350-900 reg: 9M-MAC. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

“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.”

Malaysia Airlines has engaged in carbon
offsetting initiatives in line with CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and
Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) that was set by the
ICAO in 2016.

The group has also been hard at work in pushing
digitalization efforts, with its ground handling unit AeroDarat
recently launching its e-AHAN, which helped digitalize and
automate the often manual and tedious process of billing, leading
to shorter processes and faster lead times.

As a starting goal for the blueprint, the group
will work towards bringing several aspects of the business up to
industry-leading standards in line with the United Nation’s
Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

MAG’s sustainability
program will contribute to SDG aspiration not only for aviation
emission reduction and fuel conservation but also on the SDG 5
(Gender Equality by increasing the number of women in decision
making positions), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth through
gainful employment), SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and
Production on all our products that leads to more circular economy
user), and SDG 13 (Climate Change which is key elements to be
instilled in all MAG employee).

Stefan Priesner, UN Resident Coordinator for
Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam said, “The UN strongly
believes that it is a win-win solution for businesses to align
themselves to the Sustainable Development Goals. MAG’s
Sustainability Blueprint is a step forward in the aviation
sector’s contribution to realising the SDGs by 2030.

“Given the global consensus on the SDGs and the
growing consumer demands for socially responsible and
environmentally sustainable 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.”

Moving forward, the group aims to reduce
overall CO2 emissions by 25 million tonnes in 2021, with an eye to
reach 50% usage of biodegradable materials for in-flight
operations coupled with 50% of ground and in-flight waste recycled
and up-cycled by 2025 onwards.

“We look forward to working with our governmental,
regulatory, private and aviation partners to make this vision a
reality and taking brave new steps to our shared futures,” added
Captain Izham.

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