Sustainable Aviation Fuel
We’re collaborating to accelerate the development of a sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia.
Qantas Group recognises that increasing the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is central to achieving our ambitious goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
For the aviation sector, achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 remains to be a significant challenge and target set by the sector. In order to achieve such target, it requires industry and governments to be aligned through careful planning and decisive action by all stakeholders. SAF is critical to achieve such targets, particularly through to the medium-long term given that medium and long-haul flights, together account for the bulk of CO2 emissions from aviation.
January 2022 is an important milestone towards this target, as we become the first Australian airline to purchase SAF on an ongoing basisOpens external site in a new window for regular scheduled services. Blended SAF will represent up to 15 per cent of our annual fuel purchased out of London Heathrow Airport and reduce carbon emissions by around 10 per cent on this route.
What is SAF?
SAF is made from sustainable sources such as used cooking oil, council waste, plant oils, and agricultural residues. Pre-COVID-19, the Qantas Group operated over 1,500 flights using around 14 million litres of fuel each day. As a result, over 95 per cent of our overall emissions come directly from jet fuel.
SAF has the potential to reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 80 per cent compared to conventional jet fuel. This is why in 2019, Qantas Group committed $50 million over the next 10 yearsOpens external site towards the development of an Australian SAF industry.
Partnership with bp
In 2021, Qantas Group and bp announced a strategic partnershipOpens external site to further advance our net zero ambitions. Through this collaboration, we will work together on opportunities to reduce emissions in the aviation sector and contribute to the development of Australia’s SAF industry.
World-first commercial US-Australia biofuel flight
In 2012 we made history with Australia's first commercial domestic 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.