ICAO and IAF partner to provide verification training for CORSIA aviation emissions scheme

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) for the provision of training for ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or CORSIA.

The scheme is the first global market-based measure for any sector, and contributes to the achievement of ICAO’s goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020. It complements other measures including technological innovations, operational improvements and the use of sustainable aviation fuels.

Since the beginning of 2019, all aircraft operating on international routes have been monitoring for their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions on an annual basis. These emissions will be verified and reported to ICAO from 2020, through the CORSIA Central Registry.

Through the MoU, IAF and ICAO will cooperate on the provision of training to accreditation and verification bodies, as well as sharing of information on CORSIA requirements, IAF requirements and accreditations of IAF accreditation body members in relation to CORSIA.

“Providing support to Member States on the implementation of CORSIA is one of the key activities of ICAO in addressing the increase of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation,” said ICAO secretary general Dr. Fang Liu. “The cooperation with IAF will play a catalytic role in ensuring that States and verification bodies are ready to contribute towards making CORSIA a success.”

Xiao Jianhua, IAF chair, added: “We look forward to working with ICAO to enable accreditation bodies to adopt CORSIA. Protection of the environment is a key part of IAF’s mission statement, and the recent extension of the IAF MLA [Multilateral Recognition Agreement] to CORSIA as well as the signing of the IAF-CORSIA MoU are valuable steps forward in fulfilling IAF’s goals.”