Brisbane Airport will become one of the first in the world to provide biofuel. Virgin Australia will trial the sustainable fuel source over the next two years, and it could save up to 80 per cent on carbon emissions.

Ben Downie reports.


In a world first, Virgin is working with US-based renewable fuel supplier Gevco, to supply “biojet” through Brisbane’s regular fuel system.

The airline believes the initiative will help Queensland become a leader in sustainable aviation fuel, but stresses that it still requires support.

John Borghetti, Virgin Australia CEO: “The reality is like all new industries it needs support to get the efficiencies of scale that will make it cost competitive in the future.”

The Premier was quick to express her government’s support of the move.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “We know that biofuel has the capacity to produce a multi-billion dollar industry in Queensland and thousands of jobs.”

Brisbane now joins LAX and Oslo as one of three airports worldwide supplying biofuel thanks to Virgin’s commitment.

The Premier was also at the airport to chair a Cabinet meeting but couldn’t stop the soaring speculation over the inevitable state election.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “Not one person from the public has come up to me and asked me about the election, so let’s stop the speculation, lets everybody chill out, and lets relax, and we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Ben Downie, QUT News.