Qantas Airways Monday pledged to cut its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050, joining British Airways owner IAG as the business’s response to climate change activists gather momentum.
In October, IAG became the first major airline company to make the net-zero by 2050 promise, leading the way amid intense strain from climate change activists such as Extinction Rebellion and teenager Greta Thunberg.
The high-profile debate has driven increasing numbers of environmentally conscious travelers and traders, putting strains on the aviation sector.
The broader sector has committed to cutting emissions to half by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.
Qantas said it was seeking to cap net emissions at 2020 levels and can invest A$50 million ($34.three million) over ten years to develop sustainable fuel to help decrease carbon footprint by 80% in contrast with traditional aircraft fuel.
Australia’s national carrier has already experimented by flying a plane from Los Angeles to Melbourne utilizing mustard seed biofuel.
Qantas’ promise matched with an outbreak of lethal bushfires along Australia’s east coast, which experts have connected to climate change.
Qantas stated it operates the largest carbon offset plan in the aviation trade, with around 10% of customers choosing to offset their flights through conservation and environmental initiatives. The airline stated it would now match each dollar spent on offsets, successfully doubling the number of flights.
In October, Air France and British Airways mentioned they might offset all emissions on their domestic flights from 2020.
Airline firms are finding it tougher to shrug off growing scrutiny of their climate change policies by traders.
The aviation sector has already cut emissions from each airplane traveler in half since 1990, largely because of more fuel-efficient planes.