From the CEO
AUSTRALIANS’ love of the land is legendary and regional Australia has long worked to preserve the environment through cutting-edge farming practices and conservation of natural resources.
At QantasLink, we share that concern and we’re passionate
about offsetting the impact
of air travel. This year, we’re celebrating 10 years since
Qantas launched carbon offsets. With your help, we’ve offset
more than three million tonnes of emissions – the equivalent of
taking 1.1 million cars off the
road. This makes us the largest
offsetter of any airline globally.
Our passengers assist by purchasing carbon credits when they book with us, which go towards projects that counteract
the emissions from their flight.
A development that we’re really excited about?
Landowners can now benefit from the offsetting market
through sustainable farming practices. Using our experience in purchasing carbon credits, we’ve been talking to farmers in Rockhampton, Queensland, and my home town of Wagga Wagga, NSW, about these opportunities.
Landowners can plant trees, preserve vegetation or adjust their management techniques to generate credits, which are sold through third parties to buyers like Qantas. It’s a growing market and we look forward to seeing the impact.
We’re also reducing the fuel we use, which accounts for more than 95 per cent of Qantas’s emissions. We do this by using data analytics to improve the
efficiency of our fleet and
reducing the weight of items we carry on board. We’ve set annual reduction targets and we’re exploring low-emission energy options such as electric groundservice vehicles and biofuels.
We’ve challenged our teams
and suppliers to find ways to
reduce waste; for example, using paper rather than plastic to package our headsets and
collecting recyclables on flights.
We couldn’t achieve this without our passengers’ support so a sincere thankyou from all of us at QantasLink.