Japan Airlines Joins Global Sustainable Tourism Council

In support of its commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, Japan Airlines (JAL), is now a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The airline has been working towards its sustainability goal by upgrading its fleet to low-carbon aircraft, embracing the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and switching from single-use plastic to certified paper products.

Additionally, with a total of 53 properties across Japan and 28 properties in the rest of the world JAL’s Tour Product Department is working to create sustainable tours through its hotel group holdings, which they also aim to operate sustainably.

“We welcome Japan Airlines as a member of the GSTC, their commitment to sustainability is reflected in their actions, with an ESG Strategy as its topmost company plan. JAL is not just a world-class airline but they own tour operators and have a stake in a hotel operator. Japan Airlines is flying towards a sustainable tomorrow and we’re delighted that GSTC is part of their journey,” said Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC.

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 realize a sustainable society.”

Under JAL’s Vision 2030, the airline has affirmed they are working to create a ”safe and secure society” and “sustainable future” with ESG as the core of their management strategy.

To this end, Japan Airlines has established four priority areas: environment, people, communities, and governance, which are aligned with the SDGs; and classified them into 22 issues to work on per area: addressing climate change, effective use of limited resources, precaution of environmental pollution, noise reduction, promotion of inbound tourism, accessibility, diversity and Inclusion.