SAF refuelling plane

Partnering for the future of flying

Environmental sustainability is a journey, and we’re in it for the long haul.

Australia’s first SAF Coalition program

We’ve established Australia’s first coalition program to support decarbonising aviation through sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Climate action is more effective together, and the Qantas Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition program offers our corporate partners the opportunity to help contribute to the use of SAF and to minimise the impact of flying on the environment by aiding the transition to low-emission technologies. 

Our program supports the development of a domestic SAF sector while helping ambitious and environmentally conscious corporations to tackle their business travel emissions.

As a member of the Qantas SAF Coalition, corporations contribute to direct emission reductions by contributing to the incremental cost of SAF being purchased by Qantas.

These partnerships are crucial to making SAF affordable, which can be several times more expensive than traditional jet fuel.

Program members

As part of the SAF Coalition, your membership will help to decarbonise aviation. Your company’s contribution will contribute to real gross lifecycle emission reductions, help to catalyse broader SAF in Australia, and provide the opportunity to partner with leading sustainability-minded organisations.

Partners

SAF Coalition partners

Members

SAF Coalition members

What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is non-fossil derived aviation fuel that can be made from sustainable biogenic sources such as used cooking oils, council waste, plant oils, agricultural residues and non-biological sources. Biogenic SAF has the potential to reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80% compared to conventional jet fuel. Non-biogenic SAF — or synthetic fuel / efuels — is a pathway which utilises carbon dioxide, green hydrogen and significant amounts of renewable electricity to synthesise a liquid fuel with favourable sustainability characteristics (emissions are reduced by up to 90% compared to fossil fuels). 

With our goal to reach net zero by 2050, we’re entering into partnerships to accelerate the use of SAF across our fleet, and the development of a SAF industry in Australia. Along with our current carbon offset initiatives, reduced waste and operational efficiencies, we’re targeting 10% of our fuel to come from SAF by 2030 and 60% by 2050.

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

Join our program

Learn more about how your company can join our Coalition to reduce your carbon emissions, elevate your sustainability credentials and drive a more sustainable future for aviation.

Contact us by sending an email and our SAF team will be in touch.

Unlock Green Tier

A commitment to Australia’s sustainable aviation fuel market

Frequently asked questions

SAF is an umbrella term which describes aviation fuel that is a blend of traditional jet fuel produced from hydrocarbons and aviation jet kerosene produced from sustainable feedstock. It includes certified, sustainably sourced biogenic sources such as used cooking oil, waste (eg. animal tallow and council waste), plant oils and forestry residues as well as non-biogenic sources (ie. synthetic e-fuels) such as green hydrogen (derived from renewable energy) and sequestered carbon dioxide.   

Generally, SAF is produced via a number of approved technical pathways and then mixed with conventional jet fuel (up to a certified 50% blending ratio). 

Yes. SAF is completely safe to use without any aircraft modifications. It can be used interchangeably as a drop-in fuel to be mixed with regular (kerosene) jet fuel. 

Since the start of 2022, Qantas has been purchasing SAF being delivered at London Heathrow Airport, which represents around 15 percent of the volume of fuel we ordinarily consume annually for flights out of London. 

We have also signed a deal to buy almost 20 million litres of blended SAF per year out of San Francisco from 2025, which represents around 10 percent of fuel we ordinarily consume annually for flights out of San Francisco.  The deal will potentially see Qantas purchasing SAF out of Los Angeles as well.

The SAF being delivered at London is supplied by bp. The US fuel is supplied by NASDAQ-listed biofuels company Aemetis.

We are having advanced conversations with different companies at our overseas ports, as well as in Australia, in relation to the supply and production of SAF. We’re keen to really move the dial on Australian SAF production and hopefully our financial commitments towards a domestic SAF market will be a key enabler.  

The cost of SAF is currently more expensive than conventional fossil jet fuel, which is part of the reason why we are working with industry and Government to kick start Australia’s domestic SAF production.

We have undertaken a cost optimisation approach to buying SAF where we aim to buy close to price parity with conventional fossil jet fuel. That said, we’ve seen that our customers are willing to pay a bit extra to travel sustainably, so we are developing products to enable eco-conscious travellers to fly using SAF. 

Important Information

Disclaimer: * You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer to earn and use Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. 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.
In order to be recognised for the Green Tier activity associated with the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition, you must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer and your employer must be a member of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition. Your flight must be booked with your employer’s QCI code for a flight date which is on or after 1 July 2022, and your Qantas Frequent Flyer member must be added to the booking. Your eligible flight will be recognised as a Green Tier activity in the “Offset flying” category by 31 January 2023 and all eligible flights flown after that date will be recognised 7 days after your flight.