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ICAO's CORSIA & EU ETS - August 2018 Newsletter



On June 28, 2018, ICAO has adopted the CORSIA Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) as a new Volume IV to Annex 16 of the Chicago Convention. The MRV system should be implemented by States from 1st January 2019.

Aeroplane operators worldwide that operate international flights are requested to submit their CORSIA Monitoring Plan by 30 September 2018 / 28 February 2019 (recommended / mandatory deadline) to their focal points appointed by the States. List of CORSIA focal points is yet to be published.

Recently, ICAO has released first set of documents on its CORSIA website. These documents include the adopted SARPs, Environmental Technical Manual, Monitoring Plan and reporting templates and the first version of the CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT).

Read more about ICAO's CORSIA
SARPs – Annex 16 Volume IV
Environmental Technical Manual – Volume IV
​​Template of Emissions Monitoring Plan (from aeroplane operator to State)
Template of Emissions Report (from aeroplane operator to State)
Template of CORSIA eligible fuels supplementary information to the Emissions Report (from aeroplane operator to State)
Version 2018 of the ICAO CORSIA CERT
Technical details on the development and use of the ICAO CORSIA CERT


Early Bird Tickets for Aviation Carbon 2018 Available!

We would like to invite you to register now for Aviation Carbon 2018 taking place on 5-6 November 2018, where you will hear the latest information on the ICAO CORSIA carbon emissions scheme, as well as forthcoming developments on the EU ETS for Aviation. We would be very happy to welcome you to the London Heathrow Marriott!

Aviation Carbon 2018 will provide valuable insights into carbon offsets, carbon markets and the role of sustainable biofuels. It should allow airlines and other aircraft operators to be well prepared for submitting their CORSIA Monitoring Plan by 28 February 2019, with the monitoring of all international flights starting from 1 January 2019. Participants will also learn how to develop effective carbon management and purchasing strategies, discover powerful IT solutions and explore opportunities to outsource the complexities of compliance to experienced third parties.

For airlines and aircraft operators requiring further in-depth insight of the monitoring, reporting and verification requirements to prepare themselves for CORSIA, we will be running a dedicated CORSIA MRV Workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday 6 November from 2pm to 5pm, FREE of additional charge to Aviation Carbon 2018 registered delegates.

You can find more details here. Please note that you can benefit from the Early Bird Prices until 15 September 2018.

Aviation Carbon 2018 already has strong support from all the major airline associations, and we have confirmed speakers from ATAG, Airlines for Europe (A4E), Airlines for America (A4A), the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA), the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European Regions Airline Association (era). We are also partnering with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Climate Markets & Investment Association (CMIA), the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). 

We look forward to welcoming and meeting you at Aviation Carbon 2018!

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China refutes reports it has withdrawn from the voluntary phases of CORSIA although its concerns remain


Reports that China has withdrawn from the voluntary pilot and first phases of CORSIA, the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, are inaccurate, a representative of China’s delegation to ICAO has told GreenAir. He said China had yet to make a decision on whether to join CORSIA from the beginning and had been surprised that ICAO had continued to list it on the ICAO CORSIA website as an early participant without consultation. With the recent adoption by the ICAO Council of the CORSIA SARPs, China noted action had now been taken by ICAO to correct the listing. However, said the representative, China has concerns over the direction of CORSIA discussions and reserved its right under the Chicago Convention to take further action, including filing a difference to the SARPs. […]

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ICAO reaches key stage in CORSIA implementation with adoption of SARPs but challenges remain over sustainability criteria


ICAO’s governing 36-State Council has adopted standards and rules for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) that come into effect from next year. The scheme, which aims to cap net emissions from 2020, starts with a pilot phase in 2021 but airlines and other aircraft operators with annual CO2 emissions above 10,000 tonnes will have to measure and report their emissions from 1 January 2019 so a baseline can be established. The aviation industry said the adoption was a key step in CORSIA implementation but added important decisions were still required on sustainability criteria for offsets and alternative fuels eligible under the scheme. In a last-minute controversial decision, the Council agreed to extend the definition of sustainable aviation fuels under CORSIA to include lower carbon fossil-based fuels. […]

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Associations urge EC to align EU ETS MRV requirements for international flights with CORSIA SARPs to prevent two parallel schemes


The associations strongly believe that the EU ETS MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) requirements for international flights must be aligned with the CORSIA SARPs and expect that Annex 16, Volume IV, will be implemented in Europe to monitor and report emissions from international aviation.

ERA (European Regions Airline Association), IATA, AFRAA, AASA, A4A, A4E, AIRE, AACO, AAPA, EEA and ALTA have sent a letter to the European Commission urging it to take all necessary measures to ensure that Annex 16, Volume IV is implemented in Europe in its entirety and for all flights subject to CORSIA, including international flights to/from and between states in the European Economic Area.
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The VERIFAVIA team is available for any questions you may have about this newsletter or other ETS and CORSIA related issues.

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