Qatar Airways looks at carbon-neutral growth: Group Chief Executive
November 17 2021 06:04 PM
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker.

Qatar Airways is looking at carbon-neutral growth and seeks the help of fuel suppliers to give affordable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), says Group Chief Executive HE Akbar al-Baker.
“We already are giving a good value for money to our passengers with the kind of product we offer. At the same time it is important for us that our growth should remain carbon-neutral,” al-Baker said at a media event at the Doha International Airport Wednesday. He said fuel suppliers should provide adequate sustainable aviation fuel so that the airline industry could buy SAF and meet the emission targets even faster. He said, “And in this Qatar Airways will invest whatever it needs for us to be able to reach those goals we have set upon ourselves at the airline and on the level of IATA.
“It is important for you to note that it is not only the investment that we make but the investment that oil companies need to make on developing affordable sustainable aviation fuel.”Al-Baker said, “I know SAF is available now, but at an exorbitant cost. And if we use that cost, your ticket prices will be five times more than what you pay now.“We at Qatar Airways and IATA are pushing the fuel suppliers to invest more in SAF and once they produce it in volume, not experimental, I don’t think the price of SAIF should not be much more than the avgas. “And even if it is a (bit) more, we will invest in that if it is giving us what is being promised.”Al-Baker said the aviation industry has been “unjustly targeted” as being “responsible”for majority of the emissions.
“That is not the case. The fact remains that we in the aviation industry have done a very poor job in trying to explain our position…emissions from aviation is just over 2.5% of the total emissions that have been happening.
“We in the aviation industry are doing our part in investing in technologies that reduce emissions from our engines….but at the same time we are putting pressure on refining companies to provide us alternate fuel or SAF.”

Last updated: November 17 2021 06:20 PM


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