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Effective Use of Limited Resources

Basic Concept

To reduce its environmental impact and contribute to realize resource-recycling society, the JAL Group promotes the 4Rs* in all aspects of its business, in accordance with the JAL Group Environmental Policy.

*4R: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduction of Plastic Usage

In order to address global problems caused by the massive use of plastics, such as ocean pollution from waste plastics, JAL has eliminated the provision of plastic straws and muddlers on all routes and in all lounges, and introduced paper straws made of FSC®-certified paper*, and wooden muddlers in October 2019. We reduced the number of plastic straws and plastic muddlers by about 2 million and 4 million per year. Also from October 2019, Japan Transocean Airline (JTA) introduced wooden straws on Class J seats on flights from Naha to Fukuoka. From 2020, JTA is using timber from Okinawa to help conserve local forests and revitalize the forestry industry on a sustainable basis. Monthly plastic subcommittee meetings are held to discuss reduction methods and targets of the plastic products.

* FSC®(Forest Stewardship Council®) certification:An international forest certification program established in 1994, amid global issues of deforestation and forest degradation and rising environmental awareness among citizens. Based on opinions of interest parties gathered worldwide, forests are inspected and certified against strict standards of FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship and 70 criteria that balances environmental, social, and economic factors. These inspections are undertaken by independent organizations. FSC offers two main types of certification: Forest Management (FM) certification which certifies careful and long-term forest management and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification which certifies the processing, manufacturing and distribution process of forestry products. JAL requests business partners in the supply chain to seek FSC CoC certification.

Promoting Paperless

The JAL Group is promoting paperless by using iPads to eliminate paper manuals for pilots and cabin attendants. By promoting paperless meetings through workstyle innovation, we reduce paper waste in business, as well as improving operational efficiency.

Reducing of Energy

The JAL Group has established a target of reducing average annual per-unit energy consumption by at least 1% for ground facilities. For six years in a row since 2015, we received an S Class good business operator classification in the Business Operator Classification Evaluation System under the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act), which is administered by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Recycling of In-flight Waste

The JAL Group has been working to recycle in-flight waste since 1993. Specified procedures for recycling beverage cans, newspapers, in-flight magazines, and plastic bottles have been established to ensure that it is carried out. We also continue to work with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and airport companies on a comprehensive approach to in-flight waste management.

Recycling Uniforms to Sound Insulating Materials for Vehicles

The JAL Group has been recycling uniforms for maintenance engineers and others since 2013. Used uniforms are collected and sent to an external recycling factory, where textiles and materials are selected, shredded, and converted to cotton fiber. It is reused widely as sound insulating material to reduce noise in the engine compartment and the cabin of vehicles.
Also, recycling is carried out in the office, such as reusing old uniforms as cloths to wipe grease and dirt in machinery, creating bags to use in daily business, and creating reusable bags for employees to use for buying lunch to reduce plastic.

Used uniforms being handed over for reuse and recycling

JAL staff cutting used uniforms for further processing

Uniforms being cut to create cloths for wiping grease and dirt in machinery

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Furniture in Office

JAL Group is promoting Non territorial office. We are promoting the reuse and recycling of furniture and other items that are no longer needed.

Recycling of Cargo Packing Materials

When transporting daily essentials such as pharmaceuticals and food products, the JAL Group uses polyethylene sheets to protect the products from water damage. To ensure these plastics are not disposed of as waste, for around 40 years we have supplied them to RIPRO Corporation, a company that manufactures and sells recycled land markers used in land registry investigations and other products Information eco markers are one such example.
Equipped with RFID tags, they have been installed in a number of tourist spots to provide information related to the spot to visitors via their smartphones, which is contributing to regional revitalization.

Saving Water Resources

The JAL Group strives to work on reducing water use and water conservation to handle water resource issues.
Approximately 240 m³ of purified water used in ship maintenance and repaired components is recycled and recirculated per day in sewage facility.
Industrial liquid waste strictly follows laws and regulations, and water quality is ketp thoroughly according to standards in effluent treatment facilities established together with maintenace facilities. We do not use factory water. Some ground facilities are working on using recycled water and saving water.

Reducing Food Loss & Waste

The greenhouse gas emissions from food product supply chain, including production, distribution and processing, is estimated to be between 21% and 37% of the world's total.* In addition to controlling CO2 emissions generated in flight, the JAL Group also takes steps to reduce emissions from food waste on board aircraft and in airport lounges. Although around three tons of offcuts and scraps are generated each month when preparing inflight meals for departure flights from Narita Airport (results of fiscal year 2019), we recycle them into animal feed instead of simply burning them.
Also, we have introduced a meal canceling service ("JAL Ethical Choice Meal Skip OptionThis page will open in a new window.") for customers who do not need inflight meals in our Southeast Asia flights.

*IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Greenhouse Gas Fluxes (August 2019)

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