Aviation

“Airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions”: Qantas to reach net-zero emissions by 2050

Ali Coulton

Ali Coulton

Qantas has set an ambitious target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a spate of new eco-friendly commitments.

The airline said in a release that from today it will double the number of flights being offset, cap net emissions from 2020 onwards and invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry.

See also: Flight Shaming is not the answer, says Qantas CEO

According to Qantas, these targets are the most ambitious set by any airline group globally.

Qantas, Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight will offset all growth in emissions from domestic and international operations from 2020 including all net emissions from Project Sunrise, the carrier’s plan to operate non-stop flights from the east coast of Australia to London and New York.

This will also extend to domestic flying, meaning that growth on key routes like Melbourne-Sydney will be carbon neutral.

Qantas and Jetstar will also double the number of flights offset by matching every dollar spent by customers who tick the box to fly carbon neutral.

This additional investment will see Qantas Future Planet, which is already the largest private-sector buyer of Australian carbon credits, support more conservation and environmental projects in Australia and around the world.

Existing projects include protecting the Great Barrier Reef, working with Indigenous communities to reduce wildfires in Western Australia and securing over 7000 hectares of native Tasmanian forest.

“We recognise that airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions and combat climate change,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said.

“Concerns about emissions and climate change are real, but we can’t lose sight of the contribution that air travel makes to society and the economy. The industry has already come a long way in cutting its footprint and the solution from here isn’t to simply ‘fly less’ but to make it more sustainable.

“We’re doing this because it’s the responsible thing to do, but hopefully it will also encourage more people to choose Qantas and Jetstar because of the action we’re taking.”

The airline industry has come under fire as of late due to the ‘flight shaming’ movement, which has taken off on a global level.

According to figures published in The Conversation, the airline industry uses 5 million barrels of oil every day, which contributes around 2.5 per cent of total carbon emissions, which could rise to 22 per cent by 2050.

The ‘flight shaming’ movement, which began in Sweden with the hashtag #flygskam, spurred thousands of people across Europe to pledged on social media they would not fly unnecessarily or would go a year without flying.

French and Dutch politicians have also joined the bandwagon, with France announcing earlier this year it would put an “ecotax” on airlines starting in 2020, and the Netherlands has floated the idea of imposing a €7  (AUD$11.50) flight tax on passengers in 2021.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Could airport sniffer dogs detect coronavirus-infected travellers? A new trial is set to find out

A trial is taking place in the UK to see whether man’s best friend could detect COVID-19 in travellers, even before symptoms appear.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Small-ship luxury expedition cruising set for “strong comeback”: Ponant APAC boss

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly caught up with Ponant’s Monique Ponfoort (while maintaining a 1.5m gap, of course) to find out how the cruise line is coping amid all this corona-craziness and how she expects the sector to bounce back.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

British town gets influx of hilarious fake Tripadvisor reviews after PM’s advisor breaks lockdown for a visit

Barnard Castle’s Tripadvisor page has been inundated with fake reviews poking fun at a British political advisor who seemingly broke lockdown laws.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Fiji Airways saved by government after terminating more than half of its staff

by Huntley Mitchell

Fiji Airways has been handed a lifeline by the country’s government, after being forced to take some “painful” measures to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Japan debates traveller subsidy as it emerges from nationwide state of emergency

The Japanese government is reportedly considering subsiding a portion of tourists’ travel expenses once the COVID-19 outbreak is under control.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

PM the latest to pressure states over border closures, as Qld premier fires back at Tourism Minister

by Christian Fleetwood

ScoMo has been busy talking up the potential of Aussies soon travelling across the Tasman Sea, while Birmo has been busy trading barbs with Queensland’s premier.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Lets get out there”: Matt Cameron-Smith talks domestic tourism boom and agents’ role in “de-risking” travel

by Ali Coulton

The AAT Kings group CEO also shed some light on The Travel Corporation’s plan to add more domestic trips across its brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

STUDY: Qantas among Australia’s most-trusted brands during lockdown

Despite its wings being clipped by the COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas has still managed to maintain its status as one of Australia’s most-trusted brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Dozens of mammoths discovered under future Mexico City airport

Do you consider yourself a bit of a modern-day Howard Carter or Gertrude Bell? If so, this story will definitely tickle your archeological fancy.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: PONANT’s new training module, Evergreen’s red-hot offers + MORE

If this week’s Cruise Wrap is anything to go by, the sector is pushing for its return in a big way, rewarding agents in the process.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

ATIC and ATEC launch COVID-safe programs for SMEs

Two of Australia’s industry bodies have developed practical support for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that’s not to say they copied each other’s ideas.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Life in the time of COVID-19 with Bench Africa’s Cameron Neill

This week, we chat with Bench Africa’s general manager about spicy food, Cirque de Soleil soundtracks and how to potty train a two-year-old.

Share

CommentComments