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Wed, 6 Nov 2019

ANA to Reduce Amount of Single-Use Plastics Inside Cabins and Lounges

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.

The plastic straws will be replaced with more eco-friendly bio-plastic or paper straws, while the new stirring sticks and cutlery will be made of wood.

The airline currently uses around 4 million polypropylene straws, 10.5 million polypropylene stirring sticks, and 1.8 million polystyrene cutlery sets per year.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner reg: JA887A Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

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 eco-friendly."

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 fuel-efficient aircraft models. See also: Hotel Waste, Single-Use Plastic and Climate Change - Interview with WWF.

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