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Welcome to ICAO Seminar on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) live blog on UnitingAviation.com

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Posts will appear in chronological order with the oldest post appearing at the bottom of this page. Keep checking back for updates and highlights from the ICAO Seminar on CORSIA at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. For questions or comments on this live blog, please email: unitingaviation@icao.int

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 16:06

And that’s a wrap on the ICAO Seminar on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Thank you all for following our live blog on #CORSIA2017.

We’ll be back next week, live blogging the ICAO / ACI Wildlife Strike Hazard Reduction Symposium with keynote speaker Jeff Skiles.


Thursday May 11, 2017 – 16:00

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu now has the stage for the closing remarks. We are live tweeting her speech on the ICAO Twitter feed.

Thursday May 6, 2017 – 15:45

Thank you to Ecosphere+ for sponsoring the final coffee break of #CORSIA2017

Thursday May 6, 2017 – 15:40

After many pertinent questions and informative answers, our afternoon panel is wrapping up.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 15:20

The panel gives their thoughts on what is next for capacity building and implementation of #CORSIA2017:

Paulo Jardim, Brazil:

  • Emphasis is placed  on information delivered quickly, so that we can expedite needs for implementation
  • It is important for stakeholders and industry to have CORSIA fresh in their minds
  • Next steps include provide training, provide standards and guidance to States

Olaf Hoelzer-Schopohl, Germany:

  • We’re on a good path to prepare for implementation of CORSIA
  • Next step is to test the training needs to be able to do the tasks Need to ensure environmental integrity, more information as quickly as possible
  • Ensure resources are available

Thursday May 6, 2017 – 15:16

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Thursday May 6, 2017 – 15:06

More representatives on the panel weigh in on the takeaways from the regional seminars.

Mercy Beatrice Awori, Kenya and the Eastern Region:

  • #CORSIA2017 seminar in Nairobi had excellent participation, 34 countries from East, South, Western and Central Africa: 67 participants total, very representative of the region
  • Seminars were very informative,  the level of participation (in terms of questions raised) was very indicative that participants understood what was going on and there was need for more information
  • In terms of disseminating information, the seminar really met the objective of #CORSIA2017
  • In terms of engaging, participants were able to share experiences and share their knowledge amongst each other

Saptandri Widiyanto, Indonesia

  • Many participants at the regional seminar, notably 3 international organizations and 17 States
  • The seminar provided a chance for participants to share expertise and experiences, many people were happy to have this opportunity
  • It focused on state action plans, which was helpful to States


Thursday May 11, 15:02

ICAO Deputy Director of Environment Jane Hupe asks the panel to share some of their experiences and feedback from the various regional seminars:

Paulo Jardim, Brazil:

  • Regional seminar in Rio de Janeiro was a big success
  • It was the first of 5 regional seminars
  • There was a need expressed for transparent and simple instructions for people dealing with this issue so they can understand how to implement #CORSIA2017 effectively

Olaf Hoelzer-Schopohl, Germany:

  • Big variety of Member States and knowledge present at #CORSIA2017 regional seminar in Germany
  • Regional seminars meet the objectives to enhance understanding of the design elements for implementation of #CORSIA2017, and to identify the needs.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 14:45

Recap: Excerpt of ICAO’s Deputy Director of Environment, Jane Hupe, speaking just before lunch. #CORSIA2017

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 14:31

ICAO Deputy Director of Environment Jane Hupe is wrapping up the presentation on #CORSIA2017 implementation and the panel of representatives are taking the stage for the second roundtable of the seminar.


Meet the representatives (as they appear left to right):

  • Saptandri Widiyanto, Alternate Representative of Indonesia to ICAO
  • Mercy Beatrice Awori, Representative of Kenya and the Eastern Region on the ICAO Council
  • Ahmed Hossein Khedr, Egypt Permanent Representative on the Council of ICAO
  • Olaf Hoelzer-Schopohl, Head of Section E 2.6, Aviation, Federal Environment Agency, German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt)
  • Paulo Jardim, Brazil Alternate Representative on the Council of ICAO 


Thursday May 11, 2017 – 14:24

To help assist States in implementing #CORSIA2017, ICAO will:

• Develop training kits/brochures/practical guidelines/manuals
• Conduct webinars, use regional conferences/DGCA meetings for outreach
• Coordinate with the State Action Plan initiative, for necessary adjustments on MRV

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 14:11

State participants at the ICAO CORSIA regional seminars  were asked to answer a questionnaire related to the CORSIA implementation. Responses to this questionnaire were used to assess the levels of States’ experience and readiness in the MRV system of aviation CO2 emissions, and to better plan ICAO’s capacity building and assistance to States for the #CORSIA2017 implementation.

The questionnaire is available on the ICAO webpage.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 14:00

The room is filling up slowly but surely after the lunch break. The afternoon will kick off with a presentation on #CORSIA2017 implementation, followed by the second roundtable.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 12:12

Time for lunch! We will resume the live blog at 2PM. For now, enjoy this neat video on reducing emissions with United Nations climate credits:

Thursday May 11 – 12:14

ICAO Deputy Director for Environment Jane Hupe says that regional seminars resulted in a growth in understanding of CORSIA and asks the panel to identify what they think the next steps for the implementation of CORSIA following this seminar

Michael Gill, IATA:

  • The guidance ICAO gives and continues to give Member States will crystallize and we will see a genuine upscaling and increase in level of knowledge and understanding, industry will support this process all the way through
  • The more information that can be shared, the better, as this helps shape pragmatic approaches

Daniel Williams United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

  • Outreach must continue to ensure those who have the desire are able to get what it is they need to be continually engaged in the process

Gilles Bourgeois, Transport Canada:

  • Capacity building and understanding are one and the same. There needs to be information provided in a way that 191 States will know what to do, at the same time, for the next 15-20 years



Thursday May 11, 2017 – 11:45

ICAO Deputy Director Jane Hupe asks the panel what some of their key takeaways are from this seminar and the various regional seminars:

Michael Gill, IATA:

  • ICAO has done tremendous job at dealing with different perspectives and levels of understanding, and broadening them
  • Strong desire for more capacity-building, delighted to see ICAO’s plans for that in the coming years and industry will continue to support that process
  • Desire and commitment from all to see CORSIA become successful


Daniel Williams, United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):

  • Great to see learning and problem-solving happening in real time. Great interest and desire among participants to have the information, to sit down and say “I can do this”
  • Diversity of participants in CORSIA, diversity of stakeholders. Great to see people who are coming to give interest and learn at the seminar

Gilles Bourgeois, Transport Canada

  • Participants brought detailed knowledge of their own aviation environment. In the end, CORSIA has to work for everyone.


Thursday May 11, 2017 – 11:34

Lots of positivity surrounding #CORSIA2017 coming from this roundtable.

Michael Gill, Director, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA):  The genuine desire from operators to participate in CORSIA is fueled by the will to get this right and to make CORSIA effective.

Tilmann Morata Liebert, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission: The willingness and readiness of the private sector to make CORSIA work is very encouraging.

Thursday May 11, 2017 –  11:25

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Thursday May 11, 2017 –  11:15

Our panel of experts at the first roundtable of #CORSIA2017

As they appear form left to right:

  • Gilles Bourgeois, Chief, Environmental Protection and Standards,  Civil Aviation, Transport Canada
  • Francis Kungu Mwangi, Senior Planning Officer, Civil Aviation Authority of Kenya
  • Daniel Williams, Environmental Protection Specialist, United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Jane Hupe, ICAO Deputy Director, Environment
  • Michael Gill, Director, Aviation Environment, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • Tilmann Morata Liebert, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 11:05

ICAO’s Deputy Director of Environment introduces our roundtable. #CORSIA2017

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 10:47

#CORSIA2017 is turning out to be a fairly interactive Seminar. Attendees are now running through an exercise to test their knowledge on eligible emissions units. We’ll see if we can get that pop quiz on the blog for you to give it a try!

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 10:39

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Thursday May 11, 2017 – 10:00

Time for a short break in the programme to grab some coffee. This break is sponsored by Bombardier.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 9:56

Registries play an important role in CORSIA, especially in terms of tracking. Registries provide records of:

  • International aviation CO2 emissions
  • Operators’ offsetting requirements
  • Emissions units, including:
    – Purchase of emissions unit
    – Ownership and transfer of emissions units from one account to another
    – Surrender of emissions units towards offsetting requirements (ensure that emissions units are only used once)

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 9:49

We’re now learning about Carbon Markets. A carbon market is where emissions units, generated by emissions reduction projects, are sold on a per-tonne basis.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 9:40

How are emissions units generated? By calculating the difference between baseline of emissions and actual emissions:

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 9:32

Continuing with the carbon offsetting basics that were presented yesterday, how do operators meet their offsetting requirements under CORSIA?


Thursday May 11, 2017 – 9:09

And we’re good to go! First on the agenda is a recap of yesterday, as people settle in and sip their coffee.

Thursday May 11, 2017 – 8:44

Good morning! We’re gearing up for day 2 of the #CORSIA2017 Seminar here at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal. Presentations will start around 9.


Wednesday 10 May, 2017 – 17:00

That’s all for us from the first day of #CORSIA2017! Check back again tomorrow morning, we’ll be live-blogging the second day of the seminar from the ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Have a great evening!

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:48

Here is a neat overview detailing the roles of everyone within the MRV System:

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:42

The Verification phase of the MRV System aims to ensure the consistency of data and to identify any errors in the annual emissions report.

Verification is a 3-step process:

  1. An internal pre-verification by the aircraft operator
  2. Third party verification before reporting to the State Authority
  3. An order of magnitude review by the State Authority

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:40

Attendees file in for the final session of the day.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:37

How the reporting stages work:

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:31

The Reporting phase of the MRV system:

  • Reporting of CO2 emissions provides a basis to calculate the total emissions and the offset requirements of each aircraft operator. A standardized template is being developed to make CO2 reporting easy and uniform.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:27

The calculation of CO2 emissions in the Monitoring phase of the MRV system is based on fuel burn: 1 tonne of fuel burn = 3.16 tonnes of CO2 emissions


Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:23

Functions of the MRV System:

  • Monitoring of fuel use on each flight and calculation of CO2 emissions
  • Reporting of emissions information between aircraft operators, States and ICAO
  • Verification of reported emissions data to ensure completeness and accuracy

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 16:18

The last presentation of the day is on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System.

This system is an integral part of #CORSIA2017. It collects CO2 aviation emissions data from all international flights  on an annual basis. It then compares those  emissions against the 2019 – 2020 baseline emissions.


Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 15:30

Time for a short break in the programme to grab some coffee. This break is  sponsored by Airlines for America.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 15:00

Lots of enthusiasm from attendees this afternoon. Jane Hupe, ICAO Deputy Director for Environment, just announced the beginning of a Q & A period after the presentation on offsetting requirements. Quite a few hands flew up!

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 14:52

Here’s how to calculate offset requirements:

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 14:36

We’re talking carbon offsets now. These enable reductions achieved by one industry to be purchased by another industry to compensate—or offset—its own emissions.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 14:04

Back in session after lunch. #CORSIA2017

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 12:18

#CORSIA2017 is currently trending on Twitter!

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 12:11

Have a look at this informative video while you grab some lunch. It summarizes #CORSIA2017 and details how ICAO is driving progress on environmental protection measures, in line with UN sustainable development goals. Be sure to share!

We’ll be back at 14:00 with more updates from #CORSIA2017

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 11:51

A fun exercise that States did at the regional seminars is now being presented in the Assembly Hall. Participants are given scenarios and flight routes up on the screen. They have to identify which routes are covered by #CORSIA2017 in the pilot and the first phases. They also have to identify the CO2 emissions covered on those routes. Takes some practice!

We’ll see if we can get this pop quiz up on the blog so you can test your knowledge, too.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 11:30

Don’t forget to follow @ICAO on Twitter for all the LIVE Tweets and the latest updates. 


Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 11:26

One element of #CORSIA2017  implements a route-based approach:


Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 11:09

To date, 68 States (representing over 87% of international aviation activity) intend to voluntarily participate in CORSIA from its outset.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 10:34

Time for a short break in the programme to grab some coffee. This break is sponsored by Bombardier.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 10:15

A snapshot of the progress in State action plans for #CORSIA2017:

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 10:02

ICAO encourages States to submit an action plan to help tackle carbon emissions from the aviation industry. The plan is a 5 step process:

  • Contact information of designated person
  • Submit a baseline of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and air traffic
  • Create a list of expected measures
  • List expected results, in terms of fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and traffic
  • Detail their assistance needs

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 9:47

Prior to this Seminar, a series of regional seminars were held on CORSIA. State participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire  related to the implementation of CORSIA. The responses to this questionnaire were then used to assess States’ readiness and  experience in the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification(MRV) System. These responses will help ICAO plan its capacity building and assistance to States for the CORSIA implementation.

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 9:40

The 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly also brought forth some key resolutions for environmental protection:

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 9:28

The 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly gave way for some historic agreements:

1. Acknowledged progress in all elements of the basket of measures (i.e. aircraft technology and Standards, operational improvements, sustainable alternative fuels, and global MBM)
2. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 9:12

The room is filling up and we are ready to go!

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 8:50


Let’s start with the basics before we get into it. What, exactly, is the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)?

Wednesday May 10, 2017 – 8:30

Welcome to #CORSIA2017! Lisa Williams here, I’ll be live blogging this two-day Seminar from the ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada.

Tuesday May 9, 2017 – 16:00

Check back tomorrow, Wednesday May 10 at 9AM EST for live updates from the ICAO Seminar on CORSIA!