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. We’re leading the way on sustainable aviation through our carbon offsetting and waste reduction initiatives and we’re committed to reducing net CO2 emissions from aviation by 50 per cent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels.

More than 83 per cent of Qantas Frequent Flyers say that they expect businesses to play a key role in combating environmental issues. Our 1100+ strong Qantas Group Green Team staff network is evidence of its importance to our people.

The Qantas Group operates integrated management systems which 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.

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Our initiatives

Our targets

Qantas recognises human-induced climate change as a significant issue for the aviation industry. We support the world-wide priority of limiting global temperature rise to below two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Aviation has been on the front line of the global business response to climate change, becoming the first industry to voluntarily commit to emissions targets out as far as 2050. We're playing an active role in setting and meeting these ambitious targets, and we’re guided by a simple philosophy to meet them: measure, reduce, offset and influence.

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

Our targets: in the air

IATA industry targets.

In the air IATA targets
Target Strategy to deliver Performance to target (FY19)
1.5% average annual fuel efficiency improvement from 2009 to 2020 Fuel efficiency through fleet modernization and operational improvements. Step change to come in FY21 through introduction of B787-9s retirement of B747s 9.7% improvement against 2009 baseline
Stabilise net international aviation emissions through carbon neutral industry growth from 2020 In additional to fuel efficiency, utilising aviation biofuels and carbon offsets under the ICAO CORSIA scheme Reporting of international emissions under ICAO CORSIA commenced on 1 January 2019
50% reduction in net emissions by 2050 (2005 baseline) Continual investment in new aircraft technology, biofuel and carbon market industry development Long-term industry plan to be developed and will include biofuels and carbon offsets

Our targets: on the ground

Qantas Group targets.

On the ground Qantas Group targets
Target Strategy to deliver Performance to target (FY19)
35% reduction in electricity consumption by 2020 (2009 baseline)
Through waste, energy and water operational improvements and investment in new technologies 33.3% reduction achieved and on track for 2020 target
20% reduction in water consumption by 2020 (2009 baseline)
18.2% reduction achieved and on track for 2020 target
30% reduction in waste-to-landfill by 2020 (2009 baseline)
36% reduction achieved and achieved overall 2020 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.

Global industry leadership

In 2016 an historic agreement was reached to meet the industry’s commitment to carbon neutral growth from 2020. The Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), commencing in 2021, will require airlines to purchase offsets to meet their share of the industry’s growth emissions. Qantas strongly advocated in support of the Australian Government opting into the first phase of the scheme to avoid the alternative patchwork approach to carbon pricing.

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.

In 2017, we supported the IATA resolution calling for governments to accelerate the development of aviation biofuels. We continue to work with Australian federal and state governments to design policies that support commercialisation of aviation biofuels in Australia, which is currently sub-scale.