Japanese airline ANA reduces plastics use, implements sustainable aviation fuel

Japan-based airline ANA Holdings has announced a number of new commitments to reduce its environmental impact, including the reduction of single-use plastics and the implementation of sustainable aviation fuel on its flights.

The airline will reduce its reliance on single-use plastics inside its cabins and lounges, effective 1 February 2020, replacing the plastic straws, stirring sticks and cutlery currently used in these areas. Plastic straws will be replaced with eco-friendly bioplastic or paper, while the new stirring sticks and cutlery will be made of wood.

Earlier this year, ANA adopted the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) emission mitigation approach for the global airline industry, which has been developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) under the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) framework.

The airline intends to work with environmental experts to develop plans on how best to reduce single-use plastics, mitigate climate change and address illegal wildlife trafficking.

"ANA is committed to building on its strong record of environmental leadership by adopting policies that will prepare us to meet the next generation of challenges," said Ito Yutaka, executive vice-president of ANA Holdings. "We have already made significant stride in our efforts to make ANA a more sustainable company, and reducing the use of plastics is another crucial step that we can take to keep moving forward. Protecting our shared home is central to ANA's vision of a better-connected world and we will continue looking for opportunities to make our products and services more eco-friendly."

In addition to reducing its plastics use, the airline has already made progress in the implementation of sustainable aviation fuel. ANA has partnered with LanzaTech to develop more effective biofuels for use in aircraft, and as of March 2019, over three-quarters of the airline’s fleet consists of fuel-efficient aircraft models.