Queensland Labor has joined forces with airline giant Qantas to get Queensland’s vision to be an Asia-Pacific green jet fuel hub on the runway.

KAP leader Robbie Katter; Tablelands Canegrowers Chairman Claude Santucci and Bob Katter inspect cane crops suitable for bio- fuel conversion

Under a memorandum of understanding signed today, the Queensland Government and Qantas will work together to further grow a local SAF industry.

  • Queensland Government and Qantas team up to unlock state’s full potential to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) 
  • Clean aviation fuel critical for airlines to reach net zero emissions by 2050
  • Partnership to help put Queensland at forefront of fast-growing SAF market

This will include exploring how to fully leverage sugarcane and agricultural by-products for biofuels production and the potential for developing new feedstock sources and processes.

More broadly, the parties will focus on developing a Queensland-based SAF supply chain.

SAF is yet to be produced in Australia at commercial scale.

Qantas currently uses green aviation fuel sourced overseas and is targeting 10% SAF in its fuel mix by 2030, and about 60% by 2050.

Today’s announcement, during Australian Renewable Fuels Week, is the latest in a series of SAF wins for Queensland.

In March this year, Queensland Labor, Qantas and Airbus announced support for Jet Zero Australia to commence a feasibility study for a new biorefinery in Queensland, which could produce up to 100 million litres of SAF a year.

Queensland Labor has also partnered with Ampol and ENEOS, which will assess the feasibility of delivering an advanced biofuels manufacturing plant at Ampol’s Lytton site.

Oceania Biofuels also plans to build a commercial aviation fuel biorefinery in Gladstone, which could generate up to 350 million litres of SAF and renewable diesel each year. – contributed