ANA targets 20% cut in carbon emissions by 2020

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched a new environmental programme as it aims for a 20% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

The programme, ANA Fly Eco 2020, will see the airline introduce more fuel-efficient aircraft, make use of biofuels, and take advantage of more fuel-efficient operating procedures, says the Star Alliance member.

Part of the airline's plans to achieve the target includes expanding its Boeing 787 fleet, which will use 20% less fuel than the aircraft it replaces, and reducing its emissions per revenue tonne kilometre by a fifth until 2020.

It also aims to reduce the absolute tonnage of CO2 emissions from domestic operations to 4.4 million tonnes over the next eight years, compared with 5 million tonnes in 2005.

"The latest medium to long-term environmental programme will take ANA through to the end of this decade when a new international framework to combat global warming will be established to replace the Kyoto protocol," the airline adds.