From the CEO

QantasLink Sprit - - News - John Giss­ing CEO, Qan­tasLink

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.

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