GE Australia Signs Up with Qantas's Future Planet Carbon Offset Program

1st Dec 2016

Qantas' "Future Planet" just received an important addition as GE Australia joined the carbon offset program with the intention of helping the Flying Kangaroo reduce the amount of carbon emissions from its flights.

This way, GE joins the likes of Ernst & Young, Allens and Destination NSW, who are also a part of the Future Planet carbon offset program.

Alan Milne, Head of Environment at Qantas said in a statement on Thursday:

""This is a logical next step in the really strong relationship we have with GE. GE's big data team is already helping us fly more efficiently by analyzing and improving our engine performance, so we're delighted to be expanding the partnership by helping them offset their emissions when they travel with us. It's the kind of collaborative approach that's going to be so important in helping achieve aviation's ambitious targets in responding to climate change."

Milne also explained that Qantas and GE relationship dates back many years, and includes a digital collaboration centre in Austin (opened last October), with the purpose of reducing fuel burn during flight through better data usage.

Max York, General Manager of GE Aviation for Australia said:

"Everyone has a responsibility to preserve our planet for future generations ? including government, business, and individuals. We're excited to be a foundation partner in a program which will deliver real environmental benefits for Australians."

Qantas established its Future Planet carbon offset program in 2007 and so far it succeeding in offsetting over 2.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions, the airline said on its website. The program supports numerous projects aiming to reduce carbon emissions and at the moment over 40 certified projects across the globe take part of the Future Planet's portfolio.

GE will supply Qantas with engines for its Boeing 787-9 fleet it recently ordered, and is also a part of the joint venture with France's Snecma to build engines for the airlines Boeing 737 fleet. The engine manufacturer also supplies engines for Jetstar's Boeing 787-8 fleet.

IATA aims to cut carbon emissions to half of what they were in 2005 by 2050. The International Air Transport Association also targets 2020 for carbon free growth.