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ANA Group targets 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020; Boeing 787 Dreamliner a key element

ANA Group, Japan’s largest airline group, aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020 compared with 2005 levels. Dubbed ANA Fly Eco 2020, the plan will see the introduction of more fuel efficient aircraft into the ANA fleet, use of biofuels in place of conventional aviation fuel and more fuel-efficient operating procedures.

ANA says it was the first airline in the global aviation industry to set itself a target for reducing total CO2 emissions. 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.

ANA 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% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces, thanks to its carbon fiber composite structure and more fuel-efficient engines. ANA is the launch customer for the Dreamliner and will have 55 of the aircraft in service by 2017.

The latest medium- to long-term environmental program will take ANA through to the end of this decade when a new international framework to combat global warming is targeted to be established to replace the Kyoto protocol.

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The trouble with long range targets is that the better you are, the more holes they have in them.

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