Globe environmental conservation activities as a leading environmental company
The JAL Group is aware that we have a responsibility to the global environment as an air transport operator, which is an important social infrastructure, and recognizes management of environmental impacts and environmental conservation as core themes in its business operations. We promote "Eco-Skies" in order to pass on this rich planet to the next generation so that they will always see a beautiful earth from the sky.
We identify crucial issues for environmental conservation and establish action plans to deal with those issues. Our philosophy and dedication towards these issues are stated in the 2012 Environmental Guidelines and Action Plan.
The JAL Group is aware that its mission of providing air transportation, an important social infrastructure, is accompanied by the mission to integrate considerations for the global environment in every aspect of its operations. The JAL Group positions environmental impact reduction and environmental conservation as priority issues for management, and will continue to realize Eco-Sky as below so that our planet earth as seen from the sky will be forever beautiful for future generations.
We will actively conduct global warming prevention activations.
1.initiatives to prevent global warming.
We aim to reduce CO2 emissions per revenue-ton-kilometer from JAL Group aircraft by 23% from FY2005 by FY2020.
- We will cooperate with related ministries and aviation authorities such as air traffic control in various countries to introduce advanced fuel-efficient operational methods.
- We will actively participate in environmental impact reduction initiatives led by air traffic authorities of various countries such as ASPIRE*1.
- We will continuously descend while reducing engine thrust and actively introduce landing methods with less impact on the environment, such as the first-ever Tailored Arrival*2 at San Francis Airport by a Japanese airline, and Optimized Profile Descent under trial operation at another airport.
- We will actively introduced advanced operational methods such as the first-ever User Preferred Route*3 (choose an efficient course according to the latest weather data, such as winds)on Japan~Hawaiian/Australian routes by a Japanese airline.
- We will cooperate in research, development and practical use of biojet fuels made from plants.
- We will cooperate in research and development of future aircraft and operational methods with low environment impacts.
- We will pursue CO2 emission reduction initiatives, e.g. renew aircraft to fuel-efficient, low noise aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 737-800, and Embraer 170, eco-flight activities, reduce weight of loads, clean engines.
*1 ASPIRE is short for Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions, an international program of the Asia-Pacific region to reduce aircraft emissions and protect the environment. The JAL Group operated Asia's first "ultimate eco-flight" in October 2009 on the occasion of the participation of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in ASPIRE.
*2 Reduced CO2 emissions by 8.6 tons, equivalent to about 3% of total emissions from Japan to San Francisco, the largest volume per flight.
*3 Possible to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2% in total from Japan to Hawaii
2.We actively conduct environmental society and environmental awareness activities.
By continuing the following environmental society activities, we strive to contribute to long-term environmental conservation and increase environmental awareness of children, who will lead the next generation, society and staff.
- We will continue to participate in atmospheric observation by aircraft to cooperate in research to monitor the density of greenhouse gases around the world and clarify global warming.
- We will continue to cooperate in forest fire reporting, in which pilots who detect a forest fire, notify research institutions with a fire detector from the cockpit seat.
- We will continue "Soraiku," an environmental awareness program in which pilots visit primary and junior high schools around Japan and explain changes in the earth as seen from the sky.
- We will communicate environmental activities in our surroundings and the importance of biodiversity to customers and society, through our Shades Closed Exercise and other environmental activities conducted with the customers' cooperation, and in our inflight magazines and videos, etc.
- We will cooperate in the "U.N. Biodiversity Decade" and conduct activities to protect and communicate the importance of Japan's beautiful nature (e.g. Japanese crane).
3.We strive to realize a resource cycling-society.
- We aim to reduce the final disposal rate of industry waste from domestic offices to 2% and below.
- We recycle waste from aircraft such as newspapers, aluminum cans, PET bottles, cargo packaging materials, and also uniforms.
The JAL Group reports status and results of the above initiatives to the Environmental Agency and regularly discloses them.
Each staff actively carries out eco-activities.
We will do our best to satisfy the customers through our eco-activities.
(Photo left: Minister Ozawa of the Environmental Agency Right: Masaru Onitsha, the then President of Japan Airlines)