Cathay Pacific Catering Services (CPCS) green commitment has earned the company a PSCE Certificate of Merit in Environmental Performance. John Li, the catering services' migration manager responsible for supervising the catering operation's shift from Kai Tak to Chek Lap Kok, said CPCS continuously looked for ways to improve its environmental performance. He said strong corporate support and encouragement from the management of the Swire Group had allowed the catering services to initiate a number of waste minimisation and recycling programmes. These had not only reduced the amount of waste the company produced, but also had saved money. For six years it has recycled waste paper, aluminium foil and cans, and has handled solid and liquid waste in a more environmentally-friendly way. Mr Li said CPCS had a Green Council made up of 25 representatives from various departments within the company. They met regularly to discuss environmental issues and conduct briefings. 'Our in-house green awareness training is geared to educating our staff on the potential impact our operations can have on the environment,' Mr Li said. 'It also alerts staff to our standards and policies in protecting our environment.' Each month, CPCS sends 1,500 tonnes of cardboard boxes, 600 kilograms of waste paper (most office paper is used on both sides), 400 kg of aluminium cans and 6,000 kg of aluminium foil for recycling. Mr Li said the catering service, on average, produced 41,000 meals per day for about 170 international flights. It had developed a sophisticated computer meal monitoring system. 'By regulating the amount of food purchased and monitoring the number of meals delivered to airlines to match passenger needs, we offer a better service by always having fresh produce while, at the same time, reducing wastage that ends up in a land-fill,' Mr Li said. CPCS's certificate of merit was issued by the Private Sector Committee on the Environment, the leading organiser of the environmental performance category.