Qantas to slash emissions by a quarter before 2030

Qantas plans to cuts its carbon emissions by 25 per cent before 2030 and source 10 per cent of its fuel needs from green alternatives.

The Qantas Group Climate Action Plan also sees the carrier plan to phase out single-use plastics on flights by 2027 and aim for zero landfill waste by 2030 across all of its Australian-based operations. This means any waste generated by Qantas operations is planned to be diverted through recycling or organic waste programs or converted into energy.

Qantas has also committed to building out its carbon offset program ahead of its broader net-zero by 2050 goal.

“Having a clear plan to decarbonise Qantas and Jetstar so we can keep delivering these services in the decades ahead is absolutely key to our future,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.

“We’ve had a zero net emissions goal for several years, so today’s interim targets are about accelerating our progress and cutting emissions as quickly as technology allows.

“We’re looking at new aircraft that burn approximately 15 to 20 per cent less fuel and we’re already using sustainable aviation fuel for our London flights that can cut emissions by up to 80 per cent.

“Responding to climate change is a big challenge, but we will get there. Partnerships with industry and all levels of government are going to be key to create the supply chains we need, and customers will have a role to play as well in supporting more sustainable options.”