Qantas has marked World Environment Day by announcing it would offset the carbon the carbon emissions of all domestic flights during World Environment Day as the national carrier launched a series of new sustainability initiatives. The airline announced it will invigorate its customer-charge Fly Carbon Neutral program, with proceeds directed at community projects in Australia or overseas which generate carbon credits.
Qantas will also begin to replace all lighting in operational areas with energy-efficient LED lights, revamp its domestic onboard recycling program to reduce waste to landfill, and introduce new, lightweight freight containers that will cut fuel consumption.
More than two million tonnes of carbon emissions – the equivalent of planting 12 million trees – have been offset since Qantas and Jetstar introduced carbon offsetting in 2007.
Qantas Head of Environment, Alan Milne said, “We’re really proud to be setting the example in the aviation industry with our Fly Carbon Neutral Program and hope that by offsetting the emissions of all our domestic flights on World Environment Day we’ll raise awareness in the community about creating a more sustainable future.”
Mr Milne said the airline is working on several new projects.
“We acknowledge aviation is a significant contributor of carbon emissions, which is why we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact in many ways including through fuel efficiency, conserving electricity and water, and reducing waste sent to landfill.
“We’re currently replacing fluorescent tube lighting with energy efficient LED lights in our airports, hangars, ramp areas, warehouses and flight simulators nationally, which will reduce our energy consumption by more than 13 million kilowatt hours and save our business more than $2 million per year,” said Milne. “Today we have launched our revamped onboard recycling program on Qantas domestic services, which means that all recyclable waste on our Boeing 737 fleet and Airbus A330 aircraft will be separated onboard and then disposed of as green waste.