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In a major commitment to sustainable aviation, The Qantas Group announced on Monday it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This move follows Air France and British Airways. They also promised their domestic routes such as Melbourne to Sydney will be carbon neutral. Starting today, the airline will do the following:
- Double the number of flights being offset
- Cap net emissions from 2020
- Invest $50 million over 10 years to help develop a sustainable aviation fuel industry
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said these commitments would make Qantas a leader in the aviation industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
“We recognize that airlines have a responsibility to cut emissions and combat climate change. We’ve already made some good progress, especially by investing in newer aircraft that have a much smaller carbon footprint,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement. “We want to do more, and faster.”
Joyce added that while “concerns about emissions and climate change are real,” it’s important to recognize the benefits of air travel as well.
Qantas plan includes offsetting all net emissions from Project Sunrise. Qantas currently operates the largest carbon offset program in the aviation industry, with around 10 per cent of customers booking flights on Qantas.com choosing to offset their flights.
Qantas now joins Air France and British Airways in addressing climate change, both carriers said they would offset emissions on domestic flights from 2020.
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