Taking action: a review of the progress in emissions offsetting


During ICAO’s CORSIA Forum, more than 800 participants from all world regions benefitted from the input and insights of government officials, technical experts, industry leaders, civil society and carbon market stakeholders. Participants enthusiastically shared their views on the progress being made on CORSIA implementation during the important two-day event, as well as on its future programme objectives and expectations relating to the next ICAO Assembly taking place at this time next year.

ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar opened the event, emphasizing the need to act now to avoid catastrophic consequences of climate change, and the role of CORSIA in contributing to ICAO Member States’ commitment to take further action.

“I urge you all to keep in mind a key message of the IPCC/6 report, which emphasized that there is no time to lose,” he noted. “Action must be taken now if we are to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change on our planet, and CORSIA periodic reviews are an opportunity to demonstrate that action.”

The Forum event showcased the experience and capacity building undertaken by countries to support CORSIA since the inception of its CO2 Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system, highlighting the challenges that had been overcome and ongoing ICAO work on analyzing the impacts from COVID-19 on CORSIA. The event also included a roundtable discussion between ICAO Council representatives, airline industry, civil society, and carbon market experts, on the future of CORSIA and its linkages with countries’ current investigations through ICAO into a new long-term goal for international flight emissions reduction.

In providing his closing remarks, ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano re-emphasized to the participants that aviation takes its sustainability responsibilities very seriously, underscoring the recent commitments by air industry manufacturers and operators to achieve Net-Zero carbon emissions from all commercial air transport activity by 2050.

“The aviation sector has always dealt with challenge and adversity through its resolve and consensus,” he underscored.