Our planet

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

Our approach

As we carry Australians to their destinations, we’re conscious of working to minimise the impact we have on the environment. While the COVID-19 crisis has compelled Qantas to restructure many parts of the business, we’re still committed to continuing to lead the wayOpens external site in a new window on sustainable aviation through emissions and waste reduction initiatives. As we recover, the focus our sustainability goals will sharpen.

Key among these goals are:

  • Capping our net emissions at 2019 levels and reaching net zero emissions by 2050. 
  • Committing $50 million over the next 10 years towards the development of a viable sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia.
  • Committing to reducing net emissions by 25 per cent, against a 2019 baseline, by 2030.
  • Increasing the percentage of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in our fuel mix to 10 per cent by 2030.
  • Committing to an average of 1.5 per cent per year fuel efficiency improvements to 2030.
  • Committing to zero single-use plastics by 2027.
  • Committing to zero general waste to landfill by 2030.

The Qantas Group operates integrated management systems that satisfy safety, health, security and environment legislative and regulatory requirements. Our environment activity is supported by robust governance processes to ensure performance and risks are monitored, which includes oversight by the Qantas Board Committee for Health, Environment, Safety and Security.

Our initiatives

Our targets

Qantas recognises human-induced climate change as a significant issue for the aviation industry. We are committed to reducing our emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming to well below 2 degrees above preindustrial levels.

Aviation produces around 3.5 percent of all global emissions, with the industry on the front-line of the global business response to climate change and was one of the first airlines to voluntarily commit to net zero emissions by 2050. We are committed to minimising our impact on the planet — in the air and on the ground — so that future generations continue to experience the wonder of travel. To achieve this ambition, Qantas has developed a Climate Action Plan that outlines our pathway to net zero emissions. 

Focus, measurement and transparency are integral to our continued environmental improvement, in the air and on the ground. 

Our targets: in the air

In the air IATA targets
Target Strategy to deliver Performance to target (FY21)
25 per cent reduction in net emissions from 2019 levels by 2030 The Group will achieve this target through the combination of fuel efficiency, sustainable aviation fuel and offsetting New Target
10 per cent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in fuel mix by 2030 Partnering and investing in the development of a domestic SAF industry and engaging suppliers overseas.  New Target
1.5% average annual fuel efficiency improvement. (IATA aligned) Fuel efficiency through fleet modernisation and operational improvements.

Fuel efficiency metrics have been impacted in FY21 by the reduction in flying due to COVID-19. 

Accelerated retirement of remaining Boeing 747 fleet will have a positive impact when international flying returns.

Cap emissions at 2019 levels. (IATA aligned) In addition to fuel efficiency measures, utilise sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsets where possible.

In FY20 we revised our baseline from 2020 to 2019 to better represent normal operating conditions.

The Group remains committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Net zero emissions by 2050. (IATA aligned) Continual investment in new aircraft technology, sustainable aviation fuels and carbon market industry development. We had a very significant reduction in emissions in FY21 due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and reduction in flying.

Our targets: on the ground

On the ground Qantas Group targets
Target Strategy to deliver Performance to target (FY19)
Zero single-use plastics by 2027 Review single-use plastics across our supply chain and collaborate with suppliers to remove plastic from our operations.

New target

Zero general waste to landfill by 2030 Implement product and process changes across our business to divert waste from landfill through recycling, composting or waste to energy solutions New target

See our performance against these targets

In 2017 we committed to aligning our reporting on climate change related issues to the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. For more information see our reporting approach.

Our net zero commitment

The Qantas Group is a proud leader in sustainable aviation. In 2019, we were one of the first airlines globally to announce our commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and capping our net emissions at 2019 levels. The path towards decarbonisation will require collaboration between the industry and researchers, technology firms, investors, government and other stakeholders.

In September 2020Opens external site, the oneworld alliance became the first airline alliance in which all member carriers are committed to net zero emissions by 2050. Together with IAG Group, we co-chair the oneworld alliance sustainability best practice group.

In 2019, we committed to invest $50 million over the next decade to develop a viable sustainable aviation fuels industry within Australia, and have since partnered with bp Australia to explore how we can work together to achieve this goal. We continue to work with federal and state governments to design policies that support the commercialisation of aviation biofuels in Australia.

In 2022, we announced our interim targets as a pathway to our net zero commitment. Three pillars are critical to the achievement of these targets; operational and fleet efficiency, sustainable aviation fuels and carbon offsetting. It is through these levers that the Group will continue to demonstrate leadership in sustainable aviation. 

CORSIA

The Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) was a historic agreement reached by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016 to meet the industry’s commitment to carbon neutral growth. Commencing in 2021, CORSIA requires airlines to purchase carbon offsets to meet their share of emissions growth from a 2019 baseline. 

The Qantas Group commenced reporting its international emissions for CORSIA compliance from 1 January 2019, complementing the reporting of domestic emissions it has been conducting under the Australian Government’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme since 2009.

Footnotes

Disclaimer: 1 This target excludes items required for medical or health and safety reasons

Disclaimer: 2  This excludes 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.