Jetstar Coast passengers environmentally friendly

SUNSHINE Coast airline passengers are among the most environmentally friendly in the country, according to figures released today from Jetstar's carbon offset program.

The program was launched a year ago and since then around 10 per cent of passengers booking online have chosen to offset their share of flight emissions, spokesperson Shelley Craft said.

More than half a million dollars had been raised by the end of June 2008.

In partnership with the Government-accredited Fieldforce Enviro Saver Program, the money has been used to offer free environmental consultation in Australian homes, and to equip hundreds of households with energy-efficient light globes and water-efficient showerheads.

Passengers from Ballina/Byron Bay were the "best offsetters", with 19.32 per cent opting to take part in the program, followed by Hobart (12.35 per cent).

The Sunshine Coast came sixth out of a total of 16 destinations, with 10.71 per cent of passengers offsetting their share of emissions.

Jetstar's major capital city destinations of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide were all outside the top eight, despite a higher number of flights per week.

Ms Craft said the program had saved 53,587 tonnes of CO2 emissions and 28 million litres of water – enough to fill the quantity of an Olympic swimming pool 11 times over.

Jetstar Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan said he believed the success of the program had much to do with the ease with which passengers were able to offset their flight in the online booking process.

"We launched Jetstar's carbon offset program as part of the Qantas Group's commitment to reduce our impact on the environment," Mr Buchanan said.

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