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EU Council Approves Decision on Compensation Requirements for Air Transport Emissions (CORSIA)

The Council of the European Union has approved a decision for the notification of CORSIA compensation requests (Carbon Compensation and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) which aims to contribute to the ambitious goals of the world towards climate neutrality.

CORSIA is a global scheme for the compensation of CO2 emissions from international aviation. The same was approved in 2018 by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in which EU member states pledged to participate in its pilot phase, which began in January last year, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to the Council, the decision reached yesterday allows Member States to fulfil their first annual obligation to notify Union-based operators of their CORSIA compensation requirements, which are also in line with international commitments at ICAO.

“The EU will now implement the carbon offsetting requirements scheme, which will bring us closer to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. Fighting climate change is a collective, global responsibility, and the EU fully supports multilateral efforts in ICAO to reduce the climate impact of international air transport,” Czech Minister of Transport Martin Kupka pointed out in this regard.

CORSIA obligations have already started to apply. In addition, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) requirements relating to CO2 emissions from international flights have been implemented since January 1, 2019. As a result, these obligations were implemented into EU law through secondary legislation.

Thus, the CORSIA compensation requirements have been applied since January 1 of the previous year.

As the Council explains, the participation of states in the CORSIA pilot phase from the period 2021-2023 and the first phase from 2024-2026 is voluntary. Moreover, in June 2020, the Council also adopted a decision that seals the participation of EU Member States in CORSIA from the beginning of its voluntary phase on January 1, 2021.

In late September, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) urged all IACO countries’ governments to urgently agree to an emissions reduction target for global aviation. It has also called on all Member States to support the CORSIA scheme and agree on a proposed emissions reduction target called the “Long Term Aspirational Target” (LTAG).

At the same time, the WTTC added that CORSIA and LTAG, which are tied to net zero by 2050 alongside the Paris Climate Agreement, would be an important step towards protecting the planet and maintaining connectivity globally.

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