Will Empty Bladders Reduce An Airline’s Carbon Footprint? ANA Says “Yes”

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3/10/2009 – Will Empty Bladders Reduce An Airline’s Carbon Footprint? ANA Says “Yes”

Over the past few years’ airlines have been working to reduce their carbon footprints. KLM, with paint manufacturer Mankiewicz, created eco friendly aircraft paint; China Airlines partnered with MOS burger to develop eco-friendly meals; Air France has instituted ramp equipment that does not depend on fossil fuels; Air New Zealand and Continental Airlines have been experimenting with bio-fuels…

…and now Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) is asking its passengers to fly with their bladders empty.

ANA’s carbon reduction initiative is quite simple, they are asking passenger to relieve themselves and empty their bladders before they board their flights. The airline states that empty bladder mean lighter passengers and reduced lavatory waste, which in turns translates into a lighter aircraft and reduced fuel consumption.

To achieve the goal of reducing carbon emissions by as much as 5-tons per month ANA will position staff members in the boarding area to ask passengers to relieve themselves prior to boarding in the gate areas of 42-flights throughout the month of October.

Presently the carbon footprint of an economy class passenger flying round-trip between New York’s JFK International Airport (JFK) and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) is 2,576lbs of CO2, more than one-third of the annual yearly CO2 emissions of the average person worldwide.

If ANA’s experiment of asking passengers to use the lavatory throughout the month of October is successful they plan to expand this initiative throughout their route system.

So folks if you’re planning on flying ANA you might want to skip the 64oz Big Gulp from 7-Eleven before boarding your next flight!

Happy Flying!

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  1. […] Back in October of 2009 All Nippon Airways (ANA) began an interesting initiative to reduce the airline’s carbon footprint by asking passengers to empty their bladders before flying. All Nippon Airways stated that asking passengers to empty their bladders would lead to lighter passengers and reduced lavatory waste, which would translate into a lighter aircraft and reduced fuel consumption. I wrote about this in detail here : Will Empty Bladders Reduce An Airline’s Carbon Footprint? ANA Says “Yes” […]

Comments

  1. It’s not insignificant, but very nearly so. The upper limit of capacity for the bladder is 620 mL according to Wikipedia. 620 grams of water X 247 seats on a fully loaded ANA 777 = 337 pounds of water weight for the entire flight.

    However, Wikipedia says that the urinary bladder holds 400-620mL, and most people feel the need to urinate when it reaches 25% of its volume. So if people got on board the plane not needing to urinate, even a plane filled entirely with people with large bladders one-quarter full would have only 84 pounds of extra water weight.

    Contrast this with the operating empty weight of a 777-300: 353,600 pounds…

  2. I’m already doing my part.

    You don’t need to ask me to do that — I hate using bathrooms on planes, especially if I need to crawl over someone to get to the aisle — so I always hit the restroom before boarding. 🙂

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