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Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Airlines

Did you know that every 10 kilograms of weight can amount to 4 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year?  The annual weight of one tea bag is one kilogram.

At the 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in 2016, ICAO’s Member States adopted a global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. ICAO’s Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is set to commence with a voluntary period (2021-2026) after which it will become mandatory.

By the end of the ICAO Assembly, 65 states had already volunteered to implement the scheme from its outset, covering approximately 80% of CO2 growth in 2021-2035. The historic significance of this agreement cannot be overestimated. CORSIA is the first global scheme covering an entire industrial sector. The CORSIA agreement has turned years of preparation into an effective solution for airlines to manage their carbon footprint.

By itself, CORSIA will not lead to a sustainable future for aviation. Along with this global market-based measure, the industry will continue to drive its four-pillar strategy on climate change, comprising improvements in technology, operations and infrastructure.

Find out how the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is working to modify practices, and read more about the guidelines and preparations for the voluntary phase in of their Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Airlines (CORSIA).