Advancing Australia’s sustainable aviation fuel industry

Brisbane Airport welcomes the Federal Budget announcement of a ‘Jet Zero’-style council to guide the development of a policy framework to encourage emissions reduction in Australia’s aviation industry. 

“Getting the policy right from the start is essential to the development of a domestic sustainable aviation fuel market,” according to Raechel Paris, Executive General Manager of Sustainability at Brisbane Airport Corporation.

“Next year the world will celebrate 120 years since the Wright Brothers became the first to harness powered flight. What a tribute to their legacy if 2023 also marked a turning point in reducing the impact of global aviation on the planet.”  

Brisbane Airport Corporation has accelerated its targets to reach net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. Scope 1 and 2 relate to emissions generated from BAC’s direct activity. 

However, BAC understands that Scope 3 accounts for the vast majority of emissions. Scope 3 includes activity by third parties, including businesses operating at Brisbane Airport, and of course, aviation.  

“Increasing the use of SAF as an alternative to fossil fuels is essential for the de-carbonisation of the aviation industry sector and its long-term sustainability. And Brisbane Airport wants to be a leader in the SAF industry.” 

Brisbane Airport has signed onto the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow initiative, which seeks to accelerate the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel to 10% by 2030. 

BNE is also the only Australian Airport to become a signatory for the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) Aviation Transition Strategy. The aviation sector through this MPP is activating an alliance of global partners to supercharge the decarbonisation of the industry.    BP3

On her first official visit to Brisbane Airport in August, Federal Transport Minister Catherine King launched Australia’s first all-electric aircraft refuelling vehicle, developed by Air bp. 

“Our hope is that in the not-too-distant future, we will see an all-electric refueller pumping sustainable aviation fuel into aircraft at Brisbane Airport, and dramatically reducing the impact aviation has on our planet.”