October 18 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

Hong Kong International Airport to promote meat-free Monday

By Tanya Filippelli

‘Green Monday,’ or meat-free Monday, was launched at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) on World Food day (October 16). The six-month campaign has 57 food and beverage partners and airport lounges pledging to offer a vegetarian menu option every Monday, or on a daily basis.

David Yeung, co-founder of Green Monday, said, “We specially selected World Food Day to kick-off the ‘Go Green Monday @ Hong Kong International Airport’ campaign. This year’s World Food Day theme is ‘Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition’. Green Monday advocates vegetarianism as the anchor in promoting green living as it is the easiest and most impactful way for each person to cultivate a healthy, environmental friendly lifestyle.”

According to Green Monday’s statistics, if passengers choose to eat meat-free meals every Monday, a total of 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions would be reduced as a result.

Shing-mu Yau, under secretary for transport and housing, said, “Hong Kong International Airport is Hong Kong’s gateway to the world. In such collaboration, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Green Monday can work together to promote a green and healthy diet. This will bring an innovative airport experience to visitors from all over the world and enhance the environmentally friendly image of Hong Kong.”

To offset the carbon generated by the event, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Green Monday have worked with Carboncare Asia to support afforestation and reforestation projects on degraded lands in Northwest Sichuan.

To date, HKIA has implemented more than 120 environmental projects and policies in order to become ‘The World’s Greenest Airport.’

 

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