Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson said that the $500,000 Emerging Renewables Program grant would see Qantas partner with Shell Australia to undertake a feasibility study into the long-term viability of biofuel feedstock and the production of low carbon alternative aviation fuels in Australia.

“The study will also investigate the opportunity to use existing refining plant and fuel distribution infrastructure for aviation biofuel production,” Minister Ferguson said.

“As the Government’s Advanced Biofuels Study indicated, the development of a biofuels industry in Australia will require significant commitment and investment from the private sector.”