Japan Airlines (JAL) is now a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), a move that extends from its ongoing sustainability commitment.
The airline is striving for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and has been working towards this goal by upgrading its fleet to low-carbon aircraft, supporting the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, switching from single-use plastic to certified paper products and in-flight meal containers, among other things.
Through the JAL Vision 2030, the company has also set out goals to create a ”safe and secure society” and “sustainable future” with ESG as the core of its management strategy. Further, the JAL Group Service Policy on Accessibility Improvement was established in August 2019 to provide an accessible environment and a stress-free travel experience for all customers.
Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC, said: “We welcome Japan Airlines as a member of the GSTC; its commitment to sustainability is reflected in its actions, with an ESG strategy as its topmost company plan. JAL is not just a world-class airline but it owns tour operators and has a stake in a hotel operator. Japan Airlines is flying towards a sustainable tomorrow and we’re delighted that GSTC is part of its journey.”
Ochi Kenichiro, managing executive officer of Japan Airlines, added: “Japan Airlines is honoured to become a member of the GSTC. JAL places ESG strategy at the core of its management plan and strives to make various efforts. We expect to learn a lot from the council and make progress in our efforts to realise a sustainable society.”