Australian national airline Qantas, which flew its first zero-waste flight earlier this May, has outlined its plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The national carrier, which announced the pledge in a November 11th press release, is the first Australian airline to commit to a net-zero emissions target. Though it appears that its goals are ambitious, the Australian national airline believes that they are fully achievable.
“Ambitious But Achievable” For The Australian National Airline
Qantas revealed the road towards the target will begin immediately and revolved around three key strategies.
- Immediately double the number of flights being offset.
- Cap net emissions from 2020 onwards.
- Invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry.
Alan Joyce, CEO of the Australian national airline, said the announcement reflects Qantas’s need to continue to curb climate change.
“We’re effectively doubling our carbon offsetting program from today and we’re capping our net emissions across Qantas and Jetstar from 2020 so that all new flying will be carbon neutral,” he said.
He added: “These short-term actions will go towards a longer-term goal of being completely net carbon neutral by 2050. It’s ambitious but achievable.”
Joyce told the media that the airline hoped the announcement would encourage passengers to offset their travel’s carbon usage.
“Qantas offsets all of its own travel needs and so do many of our customers. By matching their efforts, we’re hoping it will encourage even more people to offset and the program will keep growing.”
Company Behind Qantas’s Offset Program Sees Demand Growth
Meanwhile, Tasman Environmental, the company specializing in carbon offset programs for business clients including Qantas, has reported strong demand growth.
Executive chairman Andrew Grant said the boost in consumer awareness of the effects of climate change propelled the demand growth.
“The demand for our services has increased dramatically as consumer awareness grows around the environmental implications of travel, products and goods and services and the desire by consumers and corporations to lighten their environmental footprint,” Grant said.
Biofuels Preferred Over Investment In Electric Plan Alternatives
The airline industry has come under pressure in Australia over recent years to curb its emissions. Data from the Clean Energy Regulator showed Qantas as one of the top greenhouse gas emitters in the country.
However, an article in an Australian environment magazine points out that the Australian national airline has decided not to invest in alternatives like electric planes. Instead, the company has chosen to back the development of biofuels for its aircraft.
Long-Term Solutions For The Australian National Airline
The airline has committed to working in partnership with government and institutions to reduce carbon emissions. “Qantas will work with industry, research institutions and governments to develop the long-term solutions to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the aviation industry over the next three decades,” said the company in a statement.
With a number of clear metrics set in place, the Australian national airline will be interesting to follow.
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