• Monday, September 12, 2016 - 09:45

Europe commits to ICAO’s global carbon-offset program

The 28-member EU and 16 other European countries have committed to joining ICAO’s global carbon-offsetting program from its outset in 2021.
 
The US and Chinese governments have jointly declared they plan to be early participants in the global market-based measure (GMBM), the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Canada, Indonesia, Mexico and the Marshall Islands have also committed to joining early.
 
The EU and other European countries adopted the Bratislava Declaration on Sept. 9. It was endorsed Sept. 3 by the 44-nation European Civil Aviation Conference, which brings together the member countries’ directors-general of civil aviation.
 
A resolution on the proposed GMBM will be presented for adoption at the ICAO Assembly, which will be Sept. 27–Oct. 7 in Montreal. The first global standard for aircraft carbon dioxide emissions will be presented for adoption at the event as part of the “basket of measures” intended to enable international aviation to achieve carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020.
 
Environmental groups have criticized the proposed GMBM for being watered down by the political maneuvering needed to achieve consensus. Environmentalists say participation by all major nations—as measured by international aviation activity—in the initial voluntary phases of CORSIA will be essential to achieving meaningful reductions in carbon emissions.