Aviation industry calls for adoption of ‘CORSIA Package’

Montreal, 7 February 2018 – The cross-industry Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) today urged governments to support a package of elements currently under consultation as the sector prepares to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), the world’s first global market-based measure for any industrial sector.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has developed a comprehensive set of ‘standards and recommended practices’ (known as SARPs) which consist of the technical rules for the implementation of the scheme. As part of CORSIA, airlines and other aircraft operators are required to start monitoring emissions from all international flights from 1 January next year under the oversight of their States. The SARPs are currently being reviewed by ICAO Member States as part of a regular consultation before they are adopted by its Council.

ATAG Executive Director, Michael Gill, comments: “Governments meeting at ICAO took the bold step to agree to CORSIA to complement technology, sustainable alternative aviation fuels, infrastructure and operational measures that form the core of climate action across the international aviation sector. We support CORSIA within the climate action package as the right way forward for our global industry. We are encouraged that 73 States have now shown climate leadership and signed up for the voluntary phases of the scheme – we urge more to join as well.

“The aviation sector is hard at work to ensure that aircraft operators are ready to implement the emissions monitoring provisions of CORSIA in 2019. We are currently undertaking a significant education and outreach process for airlines and business aviation operators through detailed workshops taking place all over the world. However, we also need the technical rules of the scheme – particularly the standards and recommended practices for the monitoring and reporting of emissions – to be formally approved by ICAO.

“The current CORSIA Package provides all the necessary actions to achieve this before January 2019, but adoption of the package in the middle of this year is vital. Aircraft operators need time to put in place the systems required to monitor their emissions, and because governments need time to prepare for their role as well, we strongly urge all States to support the SARPs in full and without amendments during the current consultation.

“A number of additional elements, such as the eligibility of offset units and the adoption of a comprehensive set of sustainability criteria for sustainable aviation fuels, must also be decided as we approach the 2021 official start date for CORSIA’s offsetting elements.”


  • For further information on CORSIA: www.enviro.aero/CORSIA
  • Governments, industry and carbon offsetting experts are meeting in Montreal this week for an ICAO Seminar on carbon markets.
  • A significant effort is underway by IATA, ATAG and the International Business Aviation Council to inform aircraft operators of their obligations under CORSIA. Fifteen workshops have been scheduled in 11 cities with hundreds of airlines taking part under the campaign ‘Countdown to CORSIA’. All aircraft operators with international flights are encouraged to sign up for these free workshops. More will be scheduled later in the year, along with a series of webinars.
  • ICAO will also undertake a series of five regional seminars, mainly aimed at State representatives from mid-March to mid-April this year.