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ICAO's CORSIA & EU ETS - June 2017 Newsletter


Save the Date for Aviation Carbon Event 2017

Following the tremendous success of Aviation Carbon 2012 and 2013 each of which attracted approximately 300 delegates from more than 100 airlines and business jet operators, representing 60 countries around the world, we are pleased to announce that our third strategic conference Aviation Carbon 2017 will take place on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December 2017 at London Heathrow Airport!

Aviation Carbon 2017 will allow airlines, other aircraft operators and stakeholders to get fully up to speed on the status and impacts of the ICAO CORSIA global emissions scheme, and EU ETS revisions, from leading experts including Competent Authorities. Both CORSIA and the EU’s response to it will have major implications for airlines and business jet operators worldwide, as well as for the carbon markets, investors and producers of alternative fuels, other sectors and companies involved in aviation.

Aviation Carbon 2017 will provide valuable insights into carbon offsets, carbon markets and sustainable biofuels. It will allow airlines and aircraft operators to be better prepared for submitting CORSIA Monitoring Plans by the summer of 2018, monitoring of all international flights by all operators from January 2019, and developing efficient carbon management and purchasing strategies.

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EU ETS Training

Did you know that Verifavia also offers training? Verifavia provides training and capacity building in EU ETS and Aviation MRV to airlines, business jet operators and regulatory authorities. Would you like to limit the risk of having to submit an Improvement report in the future by deepening your EU ETS knowledge? Verifavia offers EU ETS Training that can help you. This training can help to ensure the 2017 Annual Emissions Report will be completed in an accurate and efficient manner. The training can last from few hours to several days and will be provided by an experienced EU ETS Auditor from Verifavia.

CORSIA Training

CORSIA, the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation introduced by ICAO in the fall of 2016 is approaching fast. The first Monitoring year for any operator undertaking international operations is 2019 and operators shall submit their Monitoring Plans to Competent Authorities by 30th September 2018. Verifavia is closely following the evolution of CORSIA and is expecting to provide verification services for this scheme. At this moment, we would like to share our knowledge with you and offer you detailed training on CORSIA’s MRV.

GHG Protocol Verification

Verifavia can independently verify your carbon inventory data according to the ISO 14064-3 standard and the GHG Protocol. A GHG inventory represents a true and fair account of the GHG emissions a company is responsible for. An independently verified GHG inventory holds many advantages for airlines.

Advantages of preparing GHG inventory for airlines:
  • Identifying cost effective reduction opportunities
  • Reducing resource and energy related costs
  • Managing GHG and resource related risks
  • Serving the information needs of your supply chain partners
  • Demonstrating your green credentials
  • Recognition for early voluntary actions
Advantages of having your GHG inventory independently verified:
  • It increases the accuracy and reliability of the reported data
  • It adds credibility of the reported data for internal and external stakeholders
  • It enhances the level of confidence in the sustainability information
EU ETS Training
CORSIA Training
GHG Protocol verification

Lead EU lawmaker agrees that global aviation deal should not automatically replace Europe’s carbon market


The European Parliament’s negotiator on aviation emissions has proposed to bring international flights back under the EU’s carbon market if the global aviation deal to tackle emissions is deemed insufficient.  Ambition in the sector remains low, but the draft report calls for higher auctioning shares, a timely review comparing EU and international aviation policy, and maintaining climate ambition. This signals that Europe will not let a weak international measure undermine its domestic policy.

In February, the European Commission proposed to continue to exempt international flights from the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) following the adoption of a global offsetting measure by the UN aviation body.

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ICAO in race to finalise CORSIA details as it concludes latest global outreach initiative


With barely 18 months before all countries with aircraft operators undertaking international flights are required to start monitoring carbon emissions, ICAO faces a major challenge in finalising the important standards that will underpin its global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. While 69 Member States have so far agreed to participate from the beginning of the pilot phase in 2021, many more will be affected by the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements of the scheme. However, the ICAO leadership is confident that the draft standards are on course to be formally adopted in a year’s time, although concedes additional resources will be needed for the development and implementation of the scheme. The UN agency’s environment chief, Jane Hupe, told a recent seminar in Montreal that CORSIA should not be seen as a ‘carte blanche’ which allowed the sector to increase its emissions unchecked and the aim was to do everything possible to reduce aviation’s climate impact.
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As of 31​ May 2017, 70​​​ States, representi​ng more than 87​.7​​​​​% of international aviation activity (RTKs per country), intend to voluntarily participate in the global MBM scheme from its outset. The newest participants being Gabon, El Salvador and Nigeria.

After the Regional Seminars and the CORSIA International Seminar in Montreal held on 10th and 11th of May 2017, ICAO has published Online CORSIA Tutorial. The objective of this tutorial is to share information on the design elements of CORSIA and implementation aspects. The tutorial also provides some useful examples to help understand how CORSIA will work.

On the 1st of June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and begin negotiations to either re-enter or negotiate an entirely new agreement with more favorable terms for the United States.

CORSIA is a scheme developed by ICAO to address emissions from international aviation which was left out from the Paris Agreement. However, according to ICAO website the scheme complements the Paris Agreement and as such is in danger. CORSIA uses a route-based approach where both countries connected by the international route must participate in the scheme for the route to be included and partially offset. US withdrawal would mean that all international flights from and to USA would be exempted from reporting and offsetting requirements. USA announced participation in CORSIA’s first two voluntary stages during Obama administration and the decision is currently under White House’s review.

Read related articles below:
Trump’s withdrawal from Paris is bad news for the ICAO emissions deal
ICAO Council President to airline CEOs: CORSIA remains on track for 2021
ICAO and airlines reinforce support for CORSIA following US decision to quit Paris climate agreement
Trump administration reviewing ICAO aviation emissions agreement

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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