Qantas Group to slash carbon emissions
The Qantas Group will reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in a major expansion of the airline’s commitment to a more sustainable aviation industry.
With actions already started, the national carrier will immediately double the number of flights being offset; cap net emissions from 2020 onwards and invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry.
This announcement means that Qantas is the only airline group to commit to cap its net emissions at 2020 levels and the second to commit to net zero emissions by 2050.
Qantas, Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020.
This includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York, should the project proceed. This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said these commitments would make Qantas a leader in the aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Joyce said, “We recognise that airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions and combat climate change. We’ve already made some good progress, especially by investing in newer aircraft that have a much smaller carbon footprint. Innovation is going to be key. We’re investing $50 million to hopefully kick-start a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia. We know from our own trials that the technology works but we need to get to a scale of production where it’s a practical substitute.”
“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy. The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply ‘fly less’ but to make it more sustainable. We’re doing this because it’s the responsible thing to do, but hopefully, it will also encourage more people to choose Qantas and Jetstar because of the action we’re taking,” added Joyce.
August 3, 2020