Cobham joins Bioenergy Australia on sustainability journey
Cobham last month obtained membership of Bioenergy Australia, an organisation focused on accelerating Australia’s energy transformation to bio-based fuel, gas, heat and power. Cobham also joins the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Alliance of Australia and New Zealand, a Bioenergy Australia working group set up to provide a collaborative environment to advance sustainable aviation fuel production, policy, education and marketing in Australia and New Zealand.
Cobham Regional Services Managing Director Dean Brennan said, “One of Bioenergy Australia’s focus areas is green aviation fuel production (bio fuels) which is a key area of interest for us as we continue to pursue sustainable options in our operations.”
“We’re keen to be part of the conversation as an experienced operator of essential FIFO and freight flights across Australia.”
Cobham recently launched its single largest sustainability initiative - its fleet renewal program.
“Different aircraft types have different carbon footprints which means aircraft selection is key to reducing our impact,” Mr Brennan said.
“Cobham is investing in modern, low carbon emission aircraft for a greener future. Our fleet renewal program involves replacing retired aircraft with Bombardier Q400 and Embraer E190 aircraft.”
Q400 and E190 aircraft offer outstanding airfield performance, enhanced operational reliability and low carbon emissions. The Q400 turboprop has the lowest fuel consumption per passenger of any turboprop in the industry. Meanwhile, the Embraer E190 can fly further distances compared to similar sized aircraft operating in the FIFO market, reducing the need for additional fuel uplift on regional routes and therefore reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15% per trip.
“We’re looking forward to introducing more of these aircraft this year and through our involvement with Bioenergy Australia, we look forward to contributing to a cleaner energy future for the industry,” Mr Brennan said.