Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is ICAO’s proposal to address the demands that aviation reduce its carbon footprint. It is the product of years of negotiations between the Member countries as one commentator noted “a delicate compromise between all involved in its elaboration.” The scheme includes phases, exemptions and a cornucopia of complex conditions.
Countries participating as of May 2017
The FAA and, in particular, A4A have been involved in the surgical terms of CORSIA to avoid the blunt object mechanism offered by EASA. Having advocated this global method to reduce the emissions of flying, the advocates had to go out and get airlines/operators to volunteer to participate in the Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) Program and to sign this agreement:
The requirements are not too burdensome, but the submission of data to a federal agency is not a favorite corporate exercise. The benefits of voluntary participation exceed the administrative hassle.
The end result of this “membership campaign” is demonstrated by this impressive list of airlines and business operators which have committed to comply with MRV—
This is but the first step in a longer process and which hopefully will produce positive results for the environment.
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