The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that some airlines will face global emissions-related requirements as early as next year due to rising airline traffic. IATA expects the United Nations-led Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to cap emissions from international flights at 85% of 2019 levels, which is set to be breached around 2024 based on current traffic recovery. From that year, the first phase of CORSIA will allow carriers to purchase offsets, which critics claim do not lower actual airline emissions. While the first phase of CORSIA is voluntary, airlines from participating countries are obliged to follow it with mandatory regulations beginning in 2027. The scheme avoids the creation of a patchwork of regional emission rules, which could raise costs. United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby criticised CORSIA offsets as “greenwashing,” and called for the industry to focus on sustainable aviation fuel, innovations like electric aircraft and carbon sequestration. Jo Dardenne, aviation director for Brussels-based Transport & Environment, noted that purchasing expensive SAF doesn’t make sense when cheaper offsets are available.
It is important that carbon credit schemes also benefit local communities.
The World Meteorological Organisation has stated that 193 countries have given unanimous backing to a scheme to monitor global greenhouse...