Qantas will begin using biofuel on its Los Angeles-based
aircraft in 2020.
The fuel, made by U.S.-based bio-energy company SG Preston,
will consist of 50% traditional jet fuel and 50% fuel made from non-food plant
oils, Qantas said.
The biofuel emits half the carbon emissions per gallon as
traditional jet fuel, according to the airline.
Qantas said it will purchase 8 million gallons of jet fuel
during each of the next 10 years from SG Preston.
Qantas flies daily from Los Angeles to Sydney, Brisbane and
A carbon-offset agreement reached a year ago by the
International Civil Aviation Organization calls for a worldwide reduction in
commercial aviation emissions to 50% of 2005 levels by 2050.
Airlines whose emissions rise above 2020 levels would have
to purchase carbon-offset credits.