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Our commitment to minimising the impact we have on the environment at every step – in the air and on the ground.

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Qantas Sustainability Actions

Managing climate risk

Qantas recognises human-induced climate change as a significant issue for the aviation industry. We support the world-wide priority of limiting global temperature rise to below two degrees above pre-industrial levels. Aviation has been at the forefront of the global business response to climate change, becoming the first industry to voluntarily commit to emissions targets out as far as 2050. We're playing an active role in setting and meeting these ambitious targets and we’re guided by a simple philosophy to meet them: measure, reduce, offset and influence. In line with this, the Qantas Group committed in 2017 to align our climate change-related disclosures to the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Since then, the Group has been working to implement these across the core elements of climate-related disclosures: governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics and targets. Over this past year, the Group partnered with external consultants and climate change experts to further understand the physical and transition risks as well as emerging opportunities that may arise from a changing climate.

Reducing emissions

In a pre-COVID environment, the Qantas Group would operate over 300 aircraft across around 1,500 flights using some 14 million litres of fuel each day. As a result, over 95 per cent of our overall emissions come directly from jet fuel. The Group saw a strong performance in fuel efficiency over the first eight months of FY20 as a result of the numerous fuel efficiency measures deployed across our operations. It was expected to further improve with the retirement of Boeing 747 aircraft and continued effort in fuel efficiency initiatives across the group. Due to COVID-19, there has been a dramatic and unprecedented decrease in traffic, not only in terms of the number of flights operated but also in terms of reduced passenger load. The cumulative effect of both these trends has had a significant impact on our overall FY20 fuel efficiency. COVID-19 accelerated the retirement of the 747s, which will have a positive impact on fuel efficiency across the network and when international flying returns it will be on the more efficient 787 aircraft. We're collaborating closely with other airlines, industry, scientific agencies and leading environmental NGOs to accelerate the development of aviation biofuels. In 2019, we committed $50 million to the development and increased uptake of a sustainable aviation fuels industry both in Australia and at our international ports. In 2012 we made history with Australia's first commercial biofuel flights, and in January 2018 we operated the first dedicated biofuel flight between the United States and Australia, a 15-hour trans-Pacific flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne.

Carbon offsetting

Qantas has been offsetting carbon pollution for more than a decade - with our 'tick-the-box' to Fly Carbon Neutral offsetting program being one of the largest of any airline. Carbon offsetting is a key tool in aviation’s global transition to a low carbon economy, and in meeting our commitments of capping emissions at 2019 levels and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Since 2007, Qantas has offset its own ground and corporate travel emissions. In 2019, we launched the biggest changes to the Fly Carbon Neutral program since its inception a decade ago. Qantas Frequent Flyer members and Qantas Business Rewards customers now earn 10 Qantas Points for every dollar spent on offsetting, and Qantas is matching dollar for dollar every contribution a customer makes to offset their emissions on a passenger flight, effectively doubling the program.

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Qantas Sustainability Commitments


Single use plastics

Remove 100 million single-use plastics from our service by 2020.


Waste to landfill

75% reduction in waste-to-landfill by end of 2021


Fuel efficiency

1.5% average annual fuel efficiency improvement. Fuel efficiency through fleet modernisation and operational improvements. Step change to come in FY21 through introduction of B787-9s retirement of B747s.

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