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Qantas Joins Sustainable Fuel Users Group

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Qantas has formally joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), a bipartisan industry group established to accelerate the development and commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel.

"Qantas is also looking at ways to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions, and is pioneering Required Navigational Performance (RNP), which uses leading edge technology to land aircraft efficiently," said Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce. "It is initiatives such as these, and the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, where airlines are working together to develop technology that will lead to a more environmentally sustainable industry."

SAFUG members must pledge that any sustainable aviation fuel will:

- perform as well as, or better than, traditional kerosene-based fuel, but with a smaller carbon lifecycle

- use only renewable fuel sources that minimise biodiversity impacts and require minimal land, water, and energy to produce and that do not compete with food or fresh water resources

- provide socioeconomic value to local communities where biomass is grown.

Qantas is also an active member of the regional branch of SAFUG that is looking at issues specific to the Australian and New Zealand environmental context.

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