ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu announced that 16 small island and lesser-developed States had notified her of their decisions to voluntarily participate in ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), bringing the total number of participating states to 100 and adding significant momentum in support of ICAO’s climate work. The 16 states are Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cook Islands, Gambia, Grenada, Kiribati, Nauru, Oman, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Sudan, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. CORSIA is an important element to complement the basket of measures that ICAO is promoting to reduce the climate impact of flying. The other measures being undertaken include technological innovation, operational improvement, and the implementation of sustainable aviation fuels.
While the CORSIA implementation of CO2 monitoring, reporting and verification has been fully on-track, more participating states will bring ICAO states closer to meeting the global aspirational goal of carbon neutral growth for international aviation. This goal was agreed through ICAO. For states with particular interest in eco-tourism, such as island states, their CORSIA participation will provide the additional benefit of greening air transport connections to the rest of the world.
“I highly welcome the announcements and engagement of more States to volunteer to join CORSIA. The increasing number of ICAO Member States’ participation in CORSIA sends a strong signal in terms of ICAO’s continued commitment to addressing CO2 emissions from international aviation, as recently emphasised by the Council. This timely leadership will help to build the strong momentum for global climate action, in the lead up toward the next ICAO Assembly and beyond,” highlighted ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano.
Liu emphasised that “the ICAO Assistance, Capacity-building and Training for CORSIA (ACT-CORSIA) programme has also been well in place, bringing states and aviation industry to partner together for the full implementation of CORSIA. In the best spirit of ICAO’s No Country Left Behind initiative, ICAO will continue its efforts to support States and encourage more to join CORSIA.”