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Qantas pledges to slash emissions as number of environmentally conscious travelers grows

 

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FILE PHOTO: Qantas aircraft are seen on the tarmac at Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Australia, November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

 

(Reuters) - Qantas Airways <QAN.AX> pledged on Monday to slash its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, which it said would make it only the second airline to do so, as a global push to combat climate change gathered momentum.

 

"We're doing this because it's the responsible thing to do," Qantas' Chief Executive Alan Joyce said in a statement, calling climate change concerns "real".

Australia's national carrier said it was looking to cap net emissions at 2020 levels and will invest A$50 million ($34.3 million) over 10 years to develop sustainable fuel.

 

This can lower carbon emissions by 80% compared with traditional jet fuel, it said.

 

"We're effectively doubling our carbon offsetting program from today and we're capping our net emissions across Qantas and Jetstar from 2020 so that all new flying will be carbon neutral," Joyce said.

 

"It's ambitious, but achievable."

 

The aviation industry has come under increasing pressure this year from a movement led by activists such as teenager Greta Thunberg which has called for greater action against climate change, including ditching air travel.

 

Companies are finding it harder to ignore growing scrutiny of their climate change policies by investors.

 

Fund managers, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and others are showing greater care when investing in companies, and have started limiting exposure to oil, gas and coal stocks.

 

In coordination with global lobby the International Air Transport Association, which represents nearly 300 airlines, the aviation industry is launching a campaign it hopes will counter a 'flight shaming' movement.

 

That movement has gained momentum as travelers become increasingly concerned about their environmental impact.

 

The aviation industry has already cut carbon emissions from each plane traveler in half since 1990, largely thanks to more fuel-efficient aircraft.

 

(Reporting by Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru; Editing by Jan Harvey)

 

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i bet that public air travel as we know it today won't even exist 30 years from now.

 

greta what do you think ? 

 

nice shiny report though. 

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Charging more for carbon offset isnt slashing emissions, its just charging more. Planes dont magically create less emissions, they just charge more to plant a tree somewhere.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

Qantas Airways <QAN.AX> pledged on Monday to slash its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050

Easy to say, as they'll all be retired by then.

 

Perhaps they'll put treadmills in all the planes and the passengers will have to power propellers to make the planes fly:-)

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"This is your captain speaking.  In preparation for takeoff, could all window seat passengers please extend an arm out the window and begin flapping"

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5 hours ago, Peterw42 said:

Charging more for carbon offset isnt slashing emissions, its just charging more. Planes dont magically create less emissions, they just charge more to plant a tree somewhere.

Actually, they've gotten heaps lighter and more fuel efficient. And will continue to do so.

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Most of the advances made so far have been extensive turbine development & ability to use only 2 engines due to reliability issues. The advent of non fossil fuels have not helped a lot as they still produce carbon.

Electric planes are more than a dream now, but the origin of the power source to recharge the batteries is the big question 

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Contradictions of present time :

- Greta ask for climate change policies, puppets governments and politicians all say yes !
- The same politicians and governments keep pushing for a strong economy where everybody will benefit, of course this will make the globe more polluted. 

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6 hours ago, sillyfool said:

i bet that public air travel as we know it today won't even exist 30 years from now.

 

greta what do you think ? 

 

nice shiny report though. 

Nothing will exist as we know it today in 30 years regardless of if action is taken or if it is not. Business as usual cannot continue so what you say is a truism. We either adjust or the planet will adjust us!

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51 minutes ago, natway09 said:

Most of the advances made so far have been extensive turbine development & ability to use only 2 engines due to reliability issues. The advent of non fossil fuels have not helped a lot as they still produce carbon.

Electric planes are more than a dream now, but the origin of the power source to recharge the batteries is the big question 

check this out! It doesn't need to be electric to be carbon neutral

https://www.marketplace.org/2019/10/10/a-new-jet-fuel-offers-the-prospect-of-no-carbon-guilt-free-flying/ 

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