Where does your money go?
Qantas commits to pass on all customer contributions and does not profit from our carbon offset program.
With our carbon offset program, you can be confident that your money will be used to purchase carbon offsets of high integrity that have been approved by the Australian Government.
Our program is audited by independent verifiers approved by the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
How we chose our carbon offsets
Independent Carbon Offset Project Accreditation
We choose only projects that have received accreditation from an independent third party verifier as a result of a comprehensive audit. The most reputable accreditation schemes are the Gold Standard, Clean Development Mechanism, VER+, Voluntary Carbon Standard and Greenhouse Friendly. Leading schemes are usually backed by reputable global environmental sustainability not-for-profit organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, The Climate Group or the United Nations.
Australian Government NCOS Compliant
The Australian Government developed the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) to ensure that consumers have confidence in the voluntary carbon offset market and the integrity of the carbon neutral products they wish to purchase. We only purchase the highest quality types of carbon offsets as approved by the NCOS.
Carbon Offset Supplier Standards
Similar to any retail organisation, reputable carbon suppliers have their own internal checks to ensure only quality products are purchased. Leading carbon suppliers are often also members of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA), a not-for-profit alliance advocating rigorous voluntary carbon offset industry standards.
Our Carbon Offset Program Commitment
Our commitment is to direct your contribution towards funding carbon offset projects that are:
- Additional to business as usual.
- Permanently reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Not double-counted or used to by Qantas to reduce its liability under any carbon compliance regime.
- Contributing to sustainable development and provide social co-benefits wherever possible.
- Independently verified against a high quality internationally recognised standard.
- As far as possible, have a real time impact by closely matching the timing of emissions reduction to the actual emissions you're offsetting.
How we calculate your flight emissions
Over 95% of your flight emissions arise directly from the combustion of jet fuel, with the remaining emissions from ground vehicles, maintenance, airports and utilities.
To calculate a passenger emission per flight, we add the emissions released by your aircraft on the sector, to the related emissions from ground activities, and then divided that amount by the number of passengers we carried on the sector. Using actual data in this way provides a strong estimation of the share of emissions attributable to each passenger on a flight. This data is updated annually.
If you're flying on a sector operated by a Qantas Codeshare flight, your emissions are calculated using the average emissions per kilometre, based on an average of all flights across the Qantas network.
This detailed assessment process has been independently verified and certified by the Australian Government's National Carbon Offset Standard- Carbon Neutral initiative.