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Sustainability at Qantas

Protecting the future of travel

Whether in the air or on the ground, we’re committed to reducing our environmental impact at every step.

At Qantas, we recognise that climate change is a significant issue for the aviation industry. That’s why we’re committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 25% by 2030 (from 2019 levels) and achieving net zero emissions by 2050. By creating one of Australia’s largest carbon offsetting programs, minimising waste and single use plastics, and investing in more sustainable aircraft and aviation fuel, we’re working towards a brighter future of travel.

Operational and fleet efficiency

Reducing our emissions: Fleet renewal Modernising our fleet with new, more fuel efficient aircraft and Sustainable Aviation Fuel are key aspects of meeting our climate targets. Qantas Second Officer B787, Lauren McLean, and Airbus Head of Sales, Pacific Region, Marie-Frédérique Romain, tell us more about our fleet renewal program.

We have committed to improve our fuel efficiency by an average of 1.5% per year to 2030. This will be achieved through fleet modernisation and other operational efficiencies in the air and on the ground such as through the use of more efficient flight planning systems.

Modernising our fleet with new, more fuel efficient aircraft and Sustainable Aviation Fuel are key aspects of meeting our climate targets.

Watch the video to hear from Qantas Second Officer B787, Lauren McLean, and Airbus Head of Sales, Pacific Region, Marie-Frédérique Romain telling us more about our fleet renewal program.

Learn more about fleet efficiency

Sustainable Aviation Fuel

The development and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is central to achieving our goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

In June 2022, the Qantas Group and Airbus signed the Australian SAF Partnership, seeing an investment of up to US$200 million to accelerate the establishment of Australia’s first SAF industry. In addition to this, in November 2022, we launched Australia’s first coalition program to help decarbonise aviation through sustainable fuel.

Watch the video to find out more about SAF and how it will help contribute to achieving our sustainability goals.

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Qantas - Sustainable Aviation Fuel We’re collaborating to accelerate the development of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) industry in Australia.

Waste reduction

Qantas – Waste Reduction Managing our waste to reduce our impact on the planet.

The Qantas Group’s Climate Action Plan outlines our interim targets to achieve net zero by 2050, including zero general waste to landfill by 2030.

Our waste reduction roadmap will see us work towards eliminating waste in three phases:

  1. Continuing to work with our suppliers to access innovative products that reduce waste.
  2. Removing single-use plastics across our supply chain and operations.
  3. Developing an onshore operation that will be completely free from general waste to landfill by 2030.

Watch the video to find out more about our waste reduction efforts and how they will help us achieve our sustainability targets.

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Carbon offsetting

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With our Fly Carbon Neutral program, we’ve done the hard work for you.

We’ve calculated the emissions for each route we fly, so when you book on qantas.com or the Qantas App, you can easily ‘tick-the-box’ when making your booking to offset your share and help support projects that affect real change.

The Group continues to focus on Australian projects as part of our offset portfolio, particularly those that support positive and social outcomes for Indigenous and regional communities. All carbon offset projects sourced by the Group are subject to several layers of scrutiny and strict standards from global accredited registries as well as the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator.

Learn more about the Fly Carbon Neutral program

Other initiatives

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Achieve Green Tier status

Frequent Flyers residing in Australia will now be rewarded for making sustainable choices in the air and on the ground. Achieve Green Tier status and unlock exclusive rewards, including your choice of 10,000 Qantas Points, 50 Status Credits or for three tonnes of carbon to be offset on your behalf.

Learn more about Green Tier

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Frequently asked questions

Find out more about carbon offsetting with Qantas, and how your purchase can directly support accredited climate offset programs.

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Important information

Disclaimer: † An average 1.5 per cent per annum fuel efficiency improvement starting from 2023, baselined to 2019.

Disclaimer: # Excluding items required for medical or health and safety reasons.

Disclaimer: ^ Excluding quarantine waste, a highly regulated and specialised waste stream with limited waste diversion pathways. All waste associated with international ports (inbound and outbound) is treated as quarantine waste.

* You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn and use Qantas Points. Membership and points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions. To be eligible for Green Tier status, Qantas Frequent Flyer members must complete one activity in five out of six Green Tier categories in a Membership Year. Members must be residing in Australia with an Australian residential address in their profile. Members must be logged in to their Qantas Frequent Flyer account when completing the relevant activity (for example, booking an eco-accredited hotel) and residing in Australia with an Australian residential address in their profile.