The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) has accepted four offset programs as part of its efforts to reduce aviation emissions. These programs include Gold Standard, Verra, American Carbon Registry (ACR), and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards (CCBS). CORSIA is a global system aimed at stabilizing carbon dioxide emissions from international air travel. It was created by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and is expected to offset carbon emissions from all international flights after 2020.
The offset programs that are recognized by CORSIA follow a set of rigorous and internationally recognized standards. The Gold Standard is a certification program that supports projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable land use that combine climate protection with sustainable development. Verra, formerly known as the Verified Carbon Standard, certifies projects that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the livelihoods of communities around the world.
ACR is a non-profit organization that certifies carbon offset projects in the United States and internationally. It focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, forestry, and other land use activities. CCBS focuses on protecting natural resources and promoting sustainable development by providing a comprehensive set of criteria for biodiversity, community impacts, and local benefits.
The acceptance of these offset programs by CORSIA is a significant development in the aviation industry’s efforts to address its carbon footprint. The industry is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases, and CORSIA is an essential step towards reducing its impact on the environment. By recognizing these offset programs, CORSIA is encouraging airlines to invest in carbon-reduction projects that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable.
It is hoped that CORSIA’s efforts will help to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon emissions significantly. By the year 2050, the industry aims to achieve carbon-neutral growth, with emissions remaining at the same level as they were in 2020. The acceptance of these offset programs by CORSIA is a crucial step towards achieving this goal and ensuring a sustainable future for air travel.