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Published on Monday, October 16, 2017

Qantas to power flights with biofuel

Qantas has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint by powering Australia-US flights with renewable biofuels from the year 2020.

Over the course of the next decade the airline will buy eight million gallons of renewable jet fuel each year from US based bio-energy supplier SG Preston.

The biofuel will be used on Qantas' flights from Los Angeles Airport to Australia which is made up of 50% renewable jet fuel produced from non-food plant oils.

The mixture produces half the carbon emissions of conventional jet fuel, it says.

"The partnership with SG Preston is part of our commitment to lowering carbon emissions across our operations and sees us becoming the first Australian airline to use renewable jet fuel on an ongoing basis. As an airline group we are constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace new technologies," said CEO of Qantas international and freight, Gareth Evans.

"We are also exploring renewable jet fuel opportunities in Australia and continue to work with suppliers to develop locally produced biofuels for aviation use."

Back in 2012, Qantas and low cost subsidiary Jetstar operated Australia's first biofuel trial flights on domestic routes.

Virgin Australia recently announced it is embarking on a two-year biofuel trial for flights out of Brisbane Airport in partnership with US based renewable fuel supplier Gevo Inc.

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