Qantas aims to cut net carbon emissions to zero by 2050

Qantas will match every dollar paid by passengers towards carbon offsets, as part of its strategy to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

Currently, around one in 10 Qantas passengers choose to pay for carbon offsets when they fly. But Qantas is hoping that its new dollar matching deal will see more passengers choose the offset option.

“Qantas offsets all of its own travel needs and so do many of our customers,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said. “By matching their efforts, we’re hoping it will encourage even more people to offset and the program will keep growing.”

Other measures introduced by Qantas to lower its carbon emissions include $50 million in funding for research into sustainable aviation fuel and a commitment to cap its nets emissions at 2020 levels.

From next year, Qantas will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations.

“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,” Joyce said.

“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 said while concerns about emissions and climate change are real, “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,” he said.