Slashing our waste with the most ambitious targets for an airline globally.

In the process of carrying 50 million people each year, we deal with more than 30,000 tonnes of total waste. That’s the same weight as about eighty 747 jumbos.

It is quite literally a waste and we have a responsibility to our customers, shareholders and the community to reduce it.

In FY19, we announced our commitment to reduce 75% of Qantas Group onshore waste to landfill (including quarantine) by 2021. That includes the removal of 100 million single use plastic items. To do this, we’ll replace plastic cups, cutlery sets, coffee cups and headrest covers with sustainable alternatives by end-2020.

To test some of the new products and services that will help us achieve our targets, in February 2019 we launched our first zero waste flight. All inflight products on board QF739, flying from Sydney to Adelaide and staffed by cabin crew from the Qantas ‘Green Team’, were disposed of via compost, reused or recycled.

^Waste reduction target applies to waste to landfill generated in Australia. There is some waste that we cannot currently recycle or reuse. Some of this is beyond our control due to quarantine restrictions or regulatory requirements. There are also some single use plastics (such as wrapping for hygiene purposes and some heat resistant containers used for on-board food preparation) that don’t currently have a practical or sustainable alternative. Qantas and Jetstar are working with manufacturers and other airlines to innovate and to further reduce waste to landfill.

We're also introducing new programs and technologies to reduce our use of electricity and water including:

  • Major refurbishment of our corporate headquarters in Sydney, which combined with our tri-generation plant, has led to our multiple multi-story buildings increasing from 1.5 star to a 5 star NABERS energy efficiency rating
  • Adopting LED lighting technology, procuring energy efficient electrical appliances, installing water efficient fixtures, and replacing inefficient cooling towers across our property assets.

These initiatives support our progress to deliver against our targets: 35 per cent reduction in electricity by 2020, 30 per cent reduction in water by 2020, 30 per cent reduction in waste-to-landfill by 2020 (based on 2009 levels). We're on track to deliver against all targets and will be announcing our post 2020 commitments in FY20.

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Tesla partnership

We’re working to transform our fleet to provide our customers with new energy technologies. Through our partnership with Tesla, electric vehicle owners can charge their vehicles at Qantas Valet facilities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.

To help profile the partnership and shift thinking, we have undertaken several unique challenges with Tesla:

In a world first and Guinness World Record attempt, Tesla’s Model X P100D towed one of our Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. 

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We raced a Boeing 737 against a Tesla Model S down a runway in Avalon, Victoria.

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