Travel insurance: Qantas joins sustainable fuel users group

Tuesday, 03 November 2009

The Australian airline Qantas has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG) which aims to lessen the environmental impact of aviation, travel insurance customers may be interested to know.

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 provide socioeconomic value to local communities where biomass is grown.

Other SAFUG members include British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand.

Qantas chief executive officer Alan Joyce said involvement in the group was recognition of the airline's commitment to environmental sustainability initiatives.

"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," he said.

"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."

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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