Qantas has put pen to paper on a new deal with US biofuels company Aemetis to supply 20 million litres of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) each year for its flights from 2025.
These supplies of SAF from California will be used to cut the carbon emissions of its flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, with this blend of fuel emitting 80% less carbon than common kerosene jet fuel.
Qantas has already started using SAF for its flights from London and is now looking to expand this across the airspace it operates in.
The airline has set a target to become net zero by 2050.
CEO Alan Joyce said: “Operating our aircraft with sustainable aviation fuel is the single biggest thing we can do to directly reduce our emissions.
“At the moment we can only buy sustainable fuels offshore. The US, UK and Europe have industries that have developed with a lot of government support because this is a new field and the long-term benefits for those countries are obvious.”
Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee added: “We look forward to extending our relationship with the Qantas Group as we work to develop further SAF production by expanding our biofuels plants in India and California.”