ANA Group to Expand its Efforts to Reduce Plastic

  • • To achieve zero waste by FY2050, ANA will discontinue the plastic bags for baggage packing at airports after October 31, 2021
  • • This will reduce the amount of single-use plastic used at airports by approximately 94 tons annually

TOKYO, October 6, 2021 - ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereinafter "ANA HD") has announced plans to phase out the use of plastic as part of its goal to achieve zero waste by FY2050. In keeping with its ambitious ESG goals of the ANA Future Promise, ANA Group has committed to reducing the use of plastic by 70% from FY2019 levels by FY2030 and eliminating the use of plastics entirely by FY2050. To achieve these environmental goals, ANA will stop providing plastic bags for baggage packing at airports after October 31, 2021.

ANA will gradually reduce the use of plastic bags at all airports, while those used for packing strollers and wheelchairs will continue to be provided. For wheelchairs, reusable covers will also be used in combination. This initiative will reduce the number of plastic bags used by approximately 1.96 million bags per year*, amounting to approximately 94 tons as ANA works to eliminate the use of plastics entirely.

  • *Calculated based on FY2019 results

"We are committed to enacting policies that establish ANA as an environmental leader in our sector, and the elimination of plastics will further decrease our carbon footprint," said Chikako Miyata, Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability. "By establishing a timetable that allows us to phase out plastics and replace them with eco-friendly materials, we have created a clear roadmap for the adoption of more sustainable practices. Adhering to our ESG targets is at the core of our business philosophy, and we will continue looking for ways to improve sustainability while offering passengers the comfort and convenience that they have come to expect from ANA."

Japan and other nations are instituting new climate targets in anticipation of the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which will be held in November 2021 in Glasgow, UK. ANA group is committed to adhering to new climate guidelines and reducing CO2 emissions from aircraft operations but will also make further efforts to reduce the volume of plastic waste, which emits CO2 when it is incinerated.

Examples of ANA Group's efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste:

  • *1 Calculated based on FY2019 results
  • *2 Forest Stewardship Council® is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations with a global forest certification system.

Responsible environmental practices have long been a priority for the ANA Group and its ANA Future Promise initiative has guided its efforts to craft leading ESG policies that will lead to higher quality of life and increased corporate sustainability.

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Founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grown to become the largest airline in Japan. ANA HOLDINGS Inc. (ANA HD) was established in 2013 as the largest airline group holding company in Japan, comprising 71 companies including ANA and Peach Aviation, the leading LCC in Japan.

ANA is a launch customer and the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, making ANA HD the biggest Dreamliner owner in the world. A member of Star Alliance since 1999, ANA has joint venture agreements with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines - giving it a truly global presence.

The airline's legacy of superior service has helped it earn SKYTRAX's respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013, with ANA being the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation for eight consecutive years. ANA also has been recognized by Air Transport World as "Airline of the Year" three times (2007, 2013 and 2018); it is one of only a select few airlines to win this prominent award multiple times.

ANA is the only company in the aviation industry to receive the Gold Class distinction from the 2021 S&P Global Sustainability Awards and ANA HD has been selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index list for the fourth consecutive year and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index list for the fifth consecutive year.

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