Japanese airline ANA has announced its transition strategies to accelerate decarbonisation and reduce carbon emissions from aircraft operations to net zero by 2050.

“We are dedicated to achieving our sustainability goals by 2050 and are making investments in multiple areas to meet our commitments,” said Koji Shibata, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANA HOLDINGS INC.

“Sustainability is a top priority for ANA and by establishing the transition strategies, we hope to lead the airline industry forward into a carbon-neutral future.”

To help achieve its CO2 emission-reduction goals, ANA Group plans to replace 10 per cent or more of its fuel consumption with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.

By 2050, almost all of ANA’s fuel consumption will be from low-carbon sources.

Direct air capture

For CO2 emissions that cannot be reduced by the above measures, ANA Group will study the use of options such as DAC (direct air capture), which are being developed globally, and aim to achieve net zero (carbon neutrality) by FY2050.

In addition, ANA Group has partnered with major aircraft manufacturers to jointly conduct research projects on cutting-edge technology to advance the airline’s sustainability efforts.

With Airbus, ANA has entered into agreement on a joint research project for the development of hydrogen aircraft and infrastructure. While hydrogen and/or electricity-powered aircraft are not included in the group’s transition strategy, the partnership will help ANA Group to diversify its range of options to achieve its environmental goals.

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