Around 50 airlines worldwide have voluntary carbon offsetting programmes, providing a way for passengers to offset the emissions of their flight. The world’s largest airline offset programme is run by Qantas.
The airline’s Fly Carbon Neutral programme commenced in 2009 and provides customers with an innovative carbon offset programme that educates as well as delivers measurable environmental, social and biodiversity outcomes. Recognising the increasing desire by passengers to contribute towards climate change solutions, Qantas developed the Fly Carbon Neutral Program with the objective to educate, inspire and enact measurable change. Examples of projects include:
- Indigenous savannah burning in remote northern Australia.
- Conservation of Tasmanian native forests.
- Distribution of healthier, fuel-efficient cooking stoves to Cambodian families which has developed a commercial supply chain with local stove producers and distributors. The project has also reduced household fuel expenses.
- Protection of virgin tropical rainforest in Papua New Guinea and Peru, where investment in the Brazil Nut industry supports local communities by creating a new economic value.
The Qantas Fly Carbon Neutral programme has also become an employee engagement tool which educates staff about the issue of climate change, how they can support the corporate effort and the on-ground benefits of such action.
Evolving the programme further, Qantas also offsets all of its own corporate travel and ground emissions. Recently, Qantas launched a corporate carbon offsetting product – Future Planet. Qantas Future Planet presents a unique opportunity for corporate customers to commit to sustainability through reducing and offsetting their emissions, engaging with their stakeholders and staff, and driving change within their own industries.