November 1 2019  |  Airline & Terminal News

ANA cutting onboard plastic next year

By Rick Lundstrom

Starting February 1, 2020, ANA will reduce its reliance on single-use plastics in cabins and lounges by boarding eco-friendly bioplastic or paper straws, and wooden stirring sticks and cutlery.

“As part of its comprehensive efforts to improve sustainability, the ANA Group adopted the Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV) emission mitigation approach for the global airline industry starting on January 1, 2019,” said a release from the airline.

Developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ratified at the ICAO General Assembly in 2016, ANA is seeking to comply with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA. The airline will work with environmental experts to develop plans on how best to reduce single-use plastics, mitigate climate change and address illegal wildlife trafficking,

“ANA HD 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 HD. “We have already made significant stride in our efforts to make ANA HD 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 HD’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 the use of plastics, ANA HD has already made strides in the implementation of sustainable aircraft fuel. The airline has collaborated with LanzaTech to develop even more effective biofuels.

ANA HD’s first comprehensive environmental action plan dates back to 1998, when it published its ANA Group Environmental Principles employee guidelines. In order to address the environmental challenges from a more global perspective, ANA HD created “ANA FLY ECO 2020” a mid- to long-term environmental plan in 2012 targeting significant gains by 2020.

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