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July 06, 2018

ICAO reaches landmark decision on aviation emissions offsetting

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council made important headway last week on the key international standards supporting the UN aviation agency's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or 'CORSIA'.

Its adoption of the decisive convention annex(1) comes less than two years after ICAO's 192 Member States achieved their historic agreement on CORSIA at the Organization's 39th Assembly, an emissions-offsetting first for any global industry sector.

Michael Gill, Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), said: "The ICAO Council today adopted a comprehensive set of standards and recommended practices which set the detailed requirements for the implementation of CORSIA. This now allows Governments and industry to make final preparations for implementation before the CO2 emissions monitoring and reporting obligations commence in January 2019. The ICAO Council is to be commended for their fast progress on this important technical work."

"Gaining agreement on this new Volume IV to Annex 16 is critical to helping States and airlines to operationalize CORSIA per its established deadlines," stressed ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu. "This especially pertains to its monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) scheme, which describes in detail what has to be done, by whom, starting with the collection of information on international aviation CO2 emissions by airlines as of January 2019."

"Aviation has now set out not only its climate change goals, but also the means to achieve them," said President Aliu. "The progress achieved today is a clear demonstration of the unwavering commitment, on behalf of both governments and airlines, to minimize the future impact of international aviation on the global climate."

(1) First Edition of Annex 16, Volume IV, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention),

Source: ICAO, ATAG