Qantas launches Carbon Offset Program

The Qantas Group has launched a Carbon
Offset Program, backed by a pledge to offset the carbon emissions of every
international and domestic Qantas, QantasLink and Jetstar flight on 19
September - the first day of the Program’s operation.

  The Chief Executive Officer of Qantas, Mr Geoff Dixon, said tomorrow’s
  Fly Carbon Neutral Daywould involve almost 950 flights carrying over
  100,000 passengers across the Group’s worldwide network.

  “Qantas will pay to offset the equivalent of approximately 40,000 tonnes
  of greenhouse gases associated with these flights, with the money to be
  used to plant and maintain around 90,000 Mallee Eucalyptus trees across
  Australia in an agreement with CO2 Australia,” Mr Dixon said.

  “These trees will not only sequester carbon from the atmosphere but will
  also aid in the prevention of salinity, erosion and soil degradation and
  provide income for farmers.”

  Mr Dixon said that under the new program, Qantas and Jetstar passengers
  could elect to offset their share of flight emissions by making a small
  contribution through and


  “We have undertaken a full Life Cycle Assessment of all operations,
  calculating the emissions associated with carrying a passenger from one
  point to another.

  “An online calculator assesses data about the flight sector and
  automatically advises customers of their emissions and the cost of
  offsetting them.

  “We have also committed to offsetting the emissions for all staff
  travelling for business purposes as well as those generated by the
  Group’s ground transport vehicles.

  “All contributions will go towards Australia-based Greenhouse FriendlyTM
  approved abatement programs, which may include energy efficiency
  measures, generation of renewable energy and tree planting projects.

  “These programs have been independently verified and subsequently
  authenticated by the Commonwealth Government’s Australian Greenhouse
  Office and either remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere or avoid
  their release in the first place.”

  Mr Dixon said the Qantas Group was focused on achieving a carbon dioxide
  savings target of more than two million tonnes by June 2011 through a
  range of environmental initiatives.

  He said that in addition to its Carbon Offset Program, the Qantas Group
  was committed to driving improvements in fuel efficiency as a world
  leader in the development and application of technological innovation.

  “Under our $25 billion fleet investment program, we are taking advantage
  of the latest airframe and engine designs, with both the B787 and A380
  set to deliver improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions in the
  range of 10 to 25 per cent.”

  Mr Dixon said other technology-based and operational initiatives

    the establishment of a dedicated, business-wide Environment and Fuel
    Conservation department, which was working to deliver sustainable
    carbon dioxide emission reductions, with 130,000 tonnes of carbon
    dioxide saved in 2006/07 through its fuel conservation program alone,
    equivalent to the removal of 30,000 cars from Australian roads;
    the use of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) advanced satellite
    navigation procedures that utilise Global Positioning System (GPS)
    technology to optimise flight approach and departure tracks;
    the development of User Preferred Routes, enabling the airline to
    alter its flight paths where possible to make the best use of higher
    level wind patterns; and
    the introduction of Variable Cost Index Flight Planning to ensure
    aircraft operate at optimal speed, based on daily variation in wind,
    temperature and weight - maximising efficiency and reducing fuel burn
    and emissions.

  He said Qantas would continue its focus on existing conservation
  strategies relating to energy, water, and waste usage in all areas of
  the operation - inflight and on the ground.