All Nippon Airways expands sustainable aviation fuel option to corporate travel

26 Jan 2022 by Tom Otley
ANA - Boeing 787-10

ANA has extended its ‘SAF Flight Initiative’ programme to companies and their travellers. The aim is to encourage corporate customers to sign up to the programme to reduce the impact of their travellers’ emissions, and at the same time increase the demand for and use of sustainable aviation fuel.

ANA says that the programme will reduce CO2 emissions from flights, helping companies with their gren house gas emissions.

Under the Green House Gas Protocol, emissions from a company’s business travellers are considered Scope 3, while for the airline they are Scope 1. To read more, see What is scope 1, 2 and 3? from the Fly Green Alliance.

ANA says that the use of SAF across the participating company’s business value chain of Scope 3 emissions will allow it “to achieve differentiation from other companies in ESG initiatives”.

Proof of participation will come in the form of CO2 certificates “which can be used to calculate disclosure information required by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), CDP (formerly the Climate Disclose Project), and reflected in integrated reports.”


The CO2 reduction certificates work as follows. ANA receives the SAF manufacturer’s CO2 reduction certificate from the supplier when it purchases SAF, and issues certificates linked and split to participating companies/ corporates.

The certificates supplied to ANA comply with the current EU Renewable Energy Directive and also include green house gas reductions throughout the lifecycle. The certificates issued by ANA to companies use a calculation method for allocating Scope 3 emission reductions and ensure “transparency … through certification by a third party organisation”.

ANA says that “If there is a shortage, etc., of SAF supply in the future, we may reduce CO2 emissions in combination with other carbon credits. In that case, the breakdown of use and reliability will be stated on the certificate.”

The programme originally launched in October 2021 for cargo customers.

What is the GHG Protocol Scope 3?

(from the ANA website) …”The GHG Protocol is a joint initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The Scope 3 standard, published by the GHG Protocol in November 2011, is a calculation standard for an organisation’s overall supply chain emissions. Its formal name is the “Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard” and it is divided into 15 categories. Air transportation is in Categories [4], [6] and [9] of Scope 3 for customers.

Beginning in April 2022, the Tokyo Stock Exchange will be reorganised and will require companies listed in the top-tier Prime Market to report certain ESG-related efforts based on Japan’s recently revised Corporate Governance Code.

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