Qantas Airways

InfluenceMap Score
C-
Performance Band
58%
Organisation Score
53%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Transportation
Head​quarters:
Brisbane, Australia
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Qantas appears to have limited, mixed engagement with climate policy in 2020-22. While Qantas appears to support GHG emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement, it previously appeared to lobby the Australian government to weaken the global CORSIA offsetting scheme, and remains a member of numerous industry associations lobbying negatively on climate policies.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: According to statements on their corporate webpage in 2022, Qantas support global GHG emissions reductions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and consistent with maintaining global temperature rise to 2 degrees. Further evidence from their corporate webpage suggests Qantas supports carbon neutrality by 2050 through the introduction of new technologies. Qantas also appears supportive of more ambitious Australian government policy to respond to climate change, with CEO Alan Joyce reportedly saying: “The world is becoming more ambitious in tackling climate change and so must we", in November 2020. Qantas corporate website in 2020 also stated support for the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) with a 2019 baseline.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Qantas appear to have limited disclosure and direct engagement with specific climate policies. Although Qantas appear supportive of the global CORSIA offsetting scheme for aviation, in September 2020 a document obtained via freedom of information request show Qantas actively lobbying the Australian government to change the CORSIA baseline to solely 2019 emissions, potentially weakening the emissions' reduction potential of the policy, citing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. Qantas 2022 Climate Action Plan Report appeared to generally support policies promoting sustainable aviation fuels in Australia including "fuel subsidies, SAF blending mandates, financial incentives such as capital grants and loans as well as tax incentives, in addition to project based funding".

Positioning on Energy Transition: Qantas appear to support a global increase in the use of sustainable aviation fuels, but it is unclear if they support a future energy mix in line with IPCC guidelines. Qantas Airlines CEO Alan Joyce, stated in a November 2021 media release that he is “having conversations with the rest of the industry and governments on how to kickstart” an SAF sector in Australia. In December 2021, Qantas chief sustainability officer Andrew Parker offered support to fuels produced with certified bio-feedstocks and blended with fossil fuels. Additionally, in a December 2021 SimpleFlying report, Alan Joyce described SAFs as “critical” to the airline industry in the short and medium term while noting the “expense, production volumes, and infrastructure” issues for SAFs and warned that airlines must “manage their increasing use of SAFs carefully to avoid unforeseen problems”. A statement on Qantas corporate website in 2022 also appears supportive of "battery-electric to hydrogen-powered designs" to reduce emissions.

Industry Association Governance: Qantas lacks a dedicated webpage detailing a full list of memberships and its engagement with industry associations on climate policies, only partially disclosing the memberships of some industry associations on its website. It has not published an industry association review. Qantas is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who have negative engagement with global climate policy for aviation, and CEO Alan Joyce is a director of the Business Council of Australia. Qantas is also a member of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME). However, Qantas is a member of the Carbon Market Institute which appear to lobby positively on climate policies.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.