Climate change and resource constraints

Responding to climate change and scarcity of resources.


Human-induced climate change and resource scarcity are global challenges that demand a coordinated response from governments, businesses and individuals. We are committed to playing an active part in that response.

The physical impacts of climate change are materialising with increased frequency and intensity - of floods, heatwaves and devastating droughts. The impact is felt by communities around the world, influencing consumer behaviour and shaping regulation. Limiting the rise in global temperatures below two degrees above pre-industrial levels is a priority.

Creating value for our shareholders and addressing our impact on the environment and the communities in which we operate are inextricably linked. The ongoing challenge for airlines, given our carbon intensity, is to keep improving fuel efficiency and harnessing new technology and new ways of working to cut emissions.

Like all large companies, major airlines also have a broader role to play in advancing sustainable development, working with communities to decrease the environmental impact along their supply chains.

How Qantas is responding

Aviation was the first industry to voluntarily commit to emissions targets as far out to 2050. The industry has also agreed to a global regulatory scheme, which comes into force from 2021 under the United Nations body for aviation – the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

The Qantas Group is playing an active role in meeting these ambitious targets, guided by a simple philosophy: measure, reduce, offset and influence.

  • We're using innovative data analytics to quantify our impact and better identify opportunities to improve.
  • We’re replacing older aircraft with the more fuel efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner and A321NEO.  
  • We’re delivering year-on-year improvements in fuel burn through simple efficiency measures such as increased used of ground power for aircraft at the gate (rather than on-board turbines) and new operational procedures like ‘single engine taxi’.
  • We’re supporting research and development into a commercially viable aviation biofuel market. This includes a program to work with Australian farmers to produce biofuel from mustard seed by 2020. 
  • We've built the world's largest airline carbon offset program, now in its tenth year and have leveraged this capability to provide offset services to our corporate customers and business partners.
  • We've formed partnerships with regulators, manufacturers, and innovation leaders, from Airservices Australia to GE and Tesla, to drive industry transformation. 

See how we're partnering with biofuel technology companies and working with Australian farmers to produce biofuel from mustard seeds. 

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