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. 

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 in a new window towards the development of an Australian SAF industry. 

Infographic shows lifecycle of sustainable aviation fuel. Starting with collecting  sustainable feedstock, to converting into sustainable aviation fuel, to blending 50/50 with jet fuel, to delivering to aircraft. As a result the flight now has an 80% reduction in lifecycle emissions compared to conventional jet fuel.

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.

Qantas bp partnership

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.

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