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 qantas.com and jetstar.com.
“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
“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
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.