All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that from
1 February 2020, it will reduce the amount of single-use plastics
inside cabins and lounges by replacing the plastic straws,
stirring sticks and cutlery used in these areas.
straws will be replaced with more eco-friendly bio-plastic or paper
straws, while the new stirring sticks and cutlery will be made of
The airline currently uses around 4 million
polypropylene straws, 10.5 million polypropylene stirring sticks,
and 1.8 million polystyrene cutlery sets per year.
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 on 1 January 2019.
Developed by the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and ratified at
the ICAO General Assembly in 2016, these approaches are
collectively known as Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for
International Aviation, or CORSIA.
"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
In addition to reducing the use of plastics,
ANA has already made significant strides in the implementation
of sustainable aircraft fuel. The airline has collaborated with LanzaTech to develop more effective biofuels. Furthermore, as
of March 2019, 75.9% of the ANA Group fleet consists of
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