Qantas chief Alan Joyce said the flag carrier was investing in biofuel research as part of its push to meet an industry target of a 1.5 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2020.

The airline is working with US renewable energy companies Solazyme to develop a business case for the use of algal-derived sustainable fuel.

It is also working with another US group, Solena, which deals with waste-based fuel.

Qantas has a fuel bill of almost $4 billion a year.



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