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Aviators to back sustainability in election, poll finds

written by Hannah Dowling | February 22, 2022

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Nearly half of all aviation professionals are prioritising climate change and energy resources when casting their ballots for the upcoming federal election, Australian Aviation can reveal.

The surprising statistic was contained in a new Momentum Intelligence survey of 700 people working in the sector, and comes as both Qantas and Air New Zealand make significant shifts towards sustainability. You can read the full report by signing up here. 

According to the investigation, 49 per cent of aviation professionals said climate change and the environment will be key considerations when choosing who to vote for in the next election.

It makes the environment the third biggest factor for aviators when choosing where to place their vote, behind economic policies and defence/national security measures.

Meanwhile, 46 per cent of aviation workers noted that energy and resources would be a key consideration before casting their vote, while 44 per cent flagged innovation and technology as important.

Further, the survey result suggests that 49 per cent of aviation professionals are not absolutely certain on where their vote is likely to go, meaning where a party stands on these factors ahead of the election could ultimately see aviation workers swing their vote.

As it stands, 32 per cent of respondents are certain they see their vote sent to the Liberal National Coalition, while 19 per cent are certain they will vote for the Australian Labor Party (under the two-party preferential system).

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The issue of sustainability has become of increasing importance in the aviation sector for decades, with many of the belief that the survival of the sector will be dependent on transitioning to low or no-emissions alternatives to current jet fuel-operated aircraft.

Speaking in 2019, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) then-director general Alexandre de Juniac said sustainability will become one of the three core principles guiding the aviation industry forward.

In September 2020, Boeing announced it had appointed its inaugural chief sustainability officer, reaffirming the planemaker’s commitment to the future of sustainable aviation, while more recently, rival Airbus announced it has created 6,000 new jobs to propel its efforts in sustainable aviation solutions.

Closer to home, Qantas revealed in December that its flights from London will soon be partially fuelled by sustainable aviation fuel derived from cooking oils.

In a major shift towards sustainability, the flag carrier has signed a deal with BP to purchase 10 million litres of SAF in 2022 with an option to purchase up to another 10 million litres in 2023 and 2024 for flights from Heathrow Airport.

This represents up to 15 per cent of Qantas’ annual fuel use out of the British capital and will reduce its carbon emissions by 10 per cent.

The fuel will be produced with certified bio feedstock from used cooking oil and other waste products. This is then blended with normal jet fuel.

Comments (5)

  • Chris Langton

    says:

    not sure how Ms Dowling has collected such data…. amongst my colleagues there would be 100% opposition to the Major parties because of two things…. complete mishandling of covid19 it being a flu, and the nauseous idiocy for renewables in lieu of nuclear. Meantime Aviation has been totally and utterly decimated.

    • Hannah Dowling

      says:

      Hi Chris, while I didn’t conduct the survey myself, if you’re interested click the link in line 2 of the article and you should be able to find information about how the information was collected. Thanks for reading!

  • Nicholas

    says:

    Shows how out of touch with the bulk of Australians the well paid members of the Aviation Sector are….

  • Mike

    says:

    Seriously- where was this ‘survey’ conducted? I am guessing a corporate office as it certainly wasn’t amongst any Flight Crew I have come across. At best this is a poorly disguised -attempt at pushing a political message- it has zeroed foundation in reality at the coal face.

  • Phil McCracken

    says:

    You are absolutely full of it

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