An analysis of the environmental reporting structures of selected European airlines

Wai Hung Chan, Lui Ming Mak

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This article draws on a survey of eight Europe based airlines' environmental reports to illustrate the status and progress of environmental reporting in the airline industry in Europe. Four major categories of components in the report are differentiated, namely recognised core components, recognised important components, recognised add-on components and recognised developing components. The study further finds that the units used in the fuel efficiency indicator are not the same in the airlines studied and therefore benchmarking is difficult. The results also indicate that the topics pertinent to employee and community involvement exceed the technical data of discharge and compliance-based environmental performance in their environmental policy statements. In addition, some new features of environmental reporting are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-259
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number2018-05-04
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Environmental report
  • European airlines
  • Benchmarking
  • Environmental management
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Solid waste

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation


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