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All Nippon Group Sets 20% Carbon Reduction Goal

ANA Group, Japan’s largest airline group, is aiming to cut its carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared with 2005 levels.

Dubbed ANA Fly Eco 2020, the plan will see the introduction of more fuel efficient aircraft, use of biofuels in place of conventional aviation fuel and more fuel-efficient operating procedures., the group says.

The new CO2 reduction target will mean that ANA will cut its emissions per revenue ton kilometer by a fifth over the 15-year period to 2020, the company says. ANA, whose flagship carrier is All Nippon Airways, is also committed to reducing the absolute tonnage of CO2 emissions from domestic operations to an average of 4.4 million tons over the 2012-2020 period compared with 5 million tons in 2005.

ANA says that a key element in achieving the 2020 target will be the expansion of its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which use 20 per cent less fuel than the aircraft they replace, due to their carbon fiber composite structure and more fuel-efficient engines. The airline is the launch customer for the Dreamliner and will have 55 of the aircraft in service by 2017.

Its latest medium- to long-term environmental program will take ANA through to the end of this decade, when it expects that a new international framework to combat global warming will be established to replace the Kyoto protocol.

ANA will not be the first airline to use biofuels in its flights. In November, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines both announced commercial flights powered by the fuels. United used algae-based biofuel for a Boeing 737-800 flight from Houston to Chicago. Alaska announced plans to power 75 commercial passenger flights on the U.S.’s west coast using a 20 percent biofuel blend.

This week Qantas said it will operate Australia’s first commercial flights powered by a blend of converted cooking oil and conventional jet fuel starting April 13, on a Sydney-Adelaide return service operated by an Airbus A330.

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