ANA Holdings has announced a new partnership with leading plastics trading company Sojitz Pla-Net Corporation to reduce the disposal of plastic by introducing a new closed recycling initiative. This partnership will make Ana the first Japanese airline to undertake this innovative and sustainable approach. The project involves the collection of used plastic cargo coverings which will then be repurposed into recyclable plastic goods used by the ANA Group.

“Our partnership with Sojitz Pla-Net is a reflection of ANA’s deep commitment and global efforts to meet our sustainability goals and furthers our ANA Future Promise initiatives,” said Shinichi Inoue, President and Chief Executive Officer of ANA. “We take great responsibility being Japan’s first airline to establish an extensive recycling initiative that reduces plastic disposal and
hope to inspire others to follow suit.”

Kenichi Ariga, President of Sojitz Pla-Net said, “Our initiative with ANA HD is an important milestone in reducing plastic waste in the environment. We hope this operation will be recognised globally and inspire not only other airlines, but other industries and corporations to do their part in recycling and repurposing the materials they already have.”

This initiative is part of ANA’s medium-to-long-term environmental targets, where the ANA Group aims to reduce the disposal rate of resources by at least 70 per cent from the fiscal 2019 level by fiscal 2030, and to reduce waste to zero by fiscal 2050.