Apr 04, 2018
3.1 million tonnes of carbon is a lot – the emissions from powering the City of Sydney for a year, in fact.
It’s also how much carbon all the cars in South Australia produce each year and the emissions from flying to the moon and back 37,502 times.
And it’s how much carbon has been offset over the past decade because of the Qantas Future Planet carbon offset program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Thanks to customers’ enthusiasm, it’s now the largest airline offset program in the world. Every 59 seconds, a Qantas customer chooses to offset a share of the fuel emissions created during their flight, helping to fund more than 40 local and global carbon offset projects.
Projects especially close to home include the protection of native forests in Tasmania to ensure a healthy habitat for the Tasmanian devil; the creation of jobs for Indigenous communities in northern Australia through fire management projects; and revegetation programs in pockets of central New South Wales and on Kangaroo Island, with the latter also Qantas’ first carbon neutral destination with the emissions of every flight to and from the island offset.
Further afield, the program has helped fund the conservation of 600,000 hectares of lush tropical rainforest in Papua New Guinea and the introduction of renewable wind energy in India.
So what’s the plan for the next decade? Qantas says continued protection and promotion of the world’s most stunning natural environments, including a project to help future-proof the Great Barrier Reef.
You can offset your next flight here.