Qantas is taking steps to demonstrate to the government that a local sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry is not only possible, but desirable.
The Flying Kangaroo has announced that the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Coalition will consist of Australia Post, Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, Macquarie Group and Woodside Energy.
Collectively, all members of the coalition will contribute to the additional cost of up to 10 million liters of SAF, aiming to reduce their annual carbon emissions to air by 900 tonnes.
SAF accounts for around 15 per cent of Qantas’ regular consumption on flights departing from London, with 10 million liters sourced for the route. In 2025, Qantas plans to draw another 20 million from Los Angeles and San Francisco, with the coalition contributing to the costs.
The airline said it was also looking for more members to join the coalition
SAF is currently in high demand, which is why building a local industry is important for Qantas.
CEO Alan Joyce said the strong local and international demand for SAF is a step in the right direction towards establishing a local biofuels industry.
“Air travel is a critical part of doing business for many companies. Businesses need to travel to meet customers, suppliers and partners, but they also want to reduce their impact on the environment. SAF is a great way to do that,” Joyce said.
“Demand for SAF has never been higher, but supply is lagging far behind, particularly without a local industry in Australia, and this is keeping prices many times higher than traditional jet kerosene.
“As more leading companies join our program/coalition, a local industry becomes more viable and fuel cheaper.”
Qantas has taken several initiatives to boost the local SAF industry. The airline, in partnership with Airbus, has announced it will invest $200 million to get the industry off the ground, in part by funding raw materials and refining projects.
SAF is made from oils, plants and other waste products before being blended with kerosene, reducing emissions by up to 80 percent.
The formation of the SAF coalition strengthens the airline’s other offset programs, such as Future Planet and the Qantas Group’s climate action plan, which set the airline a target of reducing emissions by 25 percent by 2030. Also, she wants to use up to 10 percent SAF at the same time.
Qantas aims to use 60 percent SAF by 2050 and is the second airline in the world to commit to net zero at the same time.