Australian airline Qantas has on Sunday announced plans to invest $200 million in a Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) industry in Australia. In conjunction with the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the project will help Qantas reach its goal of using 10% of SAF on its planes by 2030.
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?
Globally, the aviation industry is looking for ways to innovate, save money, and reduce carbon emissions. Fuel burn is the most significant factor in carbon emissions.
Traditionally, jet fuel is obtained from oil sourced in regions such as Russia or the Middle East. The oil we use for aircraft is not sustainable and is running out. So, Sustainable Aircraft Fuel is the answer.
Airbus has been experimenting with SAF for years. Photo: Airbus
SAF starts as general household waste. The waste is then brought to a factory to be converted into SAF. After that, the SAF is mixed with regular fuel. And finally, it is used on planes. SAF is an alternative to regular Jet Fuel.
Why did Qantas invest so much?
In Australia, there are no Sustainable Aviation Fuel sources, meaning you cannot get SAF from Australia. As a consequence, Qantas is reliant on fuel coming from London and Los Angeles. Quite a distance away.
“This investment will help kickstart a local biofuels industry in Australia and hopefully encourage additional investment from governments and other business and build more momentum for the industry as a whole,” Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said in a statement.
Currently, Qantas has a number of goals to reach concerning sustainability and helping reduce the…