IATA has congratulated states which, under the
leadership of the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO), have achieved an
historic agreement to implement a
market-based measure that will support airlines’ efforts to
stabilize emissions with carbon neutral growth.
The agreement was reached by states attending
the 39th ICAO Assembly which concluded in Montreal, Canada on
At the assembly, ICAO’s 191 member states agreed to implement a Carbon Offset and
Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).
historic significance of this agreement cannot be overestimated,"
said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and
CEO. "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. Aviation is a catalytic driver of social development
and economic prosperity—it is the business of freedom making our
world a better place. This agreement ensures that the aviation
industry’s economic and social contributions are matched with
cutting-edge efforts on sustainability. With CORSIA, aviation
remains at the forefront of industries in combatting climate
CORSIA is set to commence with a voluntary period
(2021-2026) after which it will become mandatory.
and commitment of states in the voluntary period is impressive.
Even states that would normally not be required to
participate—small island nations and developing economies—have
shown their commitment by signing up. The list of states
volunteering for the first phase now numbers 65, giving CORSIA
which we estimate will cover more than 80% of growth post 2020.
And we continue to encourage more states to join," said de Juniac.
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, complemented by CORSIA.
agreement shows what can be accomplished when we work together.
The aviation industry understands that sustainability is critical.
Airlines will continue to invest in new technology—particularly
new aircraft and sustainable alternative fuels —to improve their
environmental performance. And we will continue to ask governments
to do their part with investments to modernize air traffic
management and with supportive polices to help commercialize
sustainable alternative fuels for aviation," de Juniac added.
To ensure that CORSIA is fair and without market distortions,
the scheme will include provisions to deal with special
circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and airlines
which have made significant investments to improve environmental
"This agreement marks the end of the
process to gather the political will to implement a global
market-based measure for aviation. There is still a lot of
technical work to ensure effective and efficient implementation;
and to ensure the environmental integrity and administrative
simplicity of the scheme. In the coming years we will be working
closely with ICAO on capacity-building both for regulators and the
industry," said de Juniac.
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