September 27, 2016
This year is particularly important for aviation’s climate action. This week, representatives of the world’s governments will convene at the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly to enter into final negotiations on a global scheme for offsetting aviation CO2 emissions. If they agree on a measure, commercial aviation will be the first sector to deploy such a global market mechanism.
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) has the potential to create a step change in the means by which aviation addresses its climate impact, offsetting growth in emissions from 2020. The CORSIA proposal, as it stands now, sets out two initial voluntary phases, followed by a mandatory third phase from 2027 to 2035. The industry has long advocated all countries agreeing on a mandatory offsetting scheme from the beginning.
We have spoken to a number of young aviation professionals about their hopes for the sustainable future of air transport and asked for their thoughts on the importance of the CORSIA scheme.