The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

The international community recently adopted ICAO’s transformational Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), a major plank in the UN agency’s environmental protection strategy. Take a look at this video below to understand what it is and how it works and let us know what you think.

From our perspective the scheme in environmentally very weak. It only deals with emissions growth beyond 2020 against a baseline of 2020, so ignores all the current emissions + next 3 years! The other ICAO measures fall way short of closing the gap.

Secondly, it has only been agreed by 65 out of 191 countries so far, and only covers the emissions between those countries, therefore does not include the massive domestic aviation emissions of countries like the USA and China, let alone the rest of the world.

Thirdly, the title mentions reductions, however, there are no absolute reductions as a consequence of this scheme.

There are more issues with CORSIA, we are writing our full assessment and will be publishing it soon.

‘Aviation Carbon 2017’ Coming Soon!

We are now finalising the details of our next conference that will take place in 2017. Once again we expect that more than 100 airlines plus the carbon industry, EU, government and NGO reps totalling more than 300 delegates from around the world will join us! Please stay tuned for more information; just complete your contact details on our contact page and we’ll let you know the time and place of Aviation Carbon 2017 very soon!

To learn more about our previous conference please visit this link

Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found. The “state of the climate” report, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) with input from hundreds of scientists from 62 countries, confirmed there was a “toppling of several symbolic mileposts” in heat, sea level rise and extreme weather in 2015. Read the full article at the Guardian

Solar Impulse makes history!

This is a historical day for humanity and aviation, Solar Impulse has now completed its final leg. One day many of us will be telling our children, grand children, great grand children or other family members and friends about this incredible event for humanity. As aviation or environment professionals or students we should be really proud of this unique and inspiring voyage: Solar Impulse

Green Aviation attends IPCC seminar at United Nations

Green Aviation attended an invitation-only IPCC information session at the United Nations HQ in Geneva on 16 June 2016.
A question was put to the IPCC Chair Dr. Hoesung Lee by Andrew Pozniak, Director of Green Aviation International concerning the lack of effective progress by a large part of the aviation sector despite the scientific consensus requiring urgent action.


The seminar was streamed live worldwide and also recorded on the IPCC’s Facebook page, but unfortunately the sound quality is not great. Green Aviation asked their question at 38m 50s into the stream, or if the video clip is showing time remaining then it’s at around the -29.00 minute mark:
IPCC Facebook Video
Photos of the session:
IPCC seminar photos

Green Aviation non-profit launches!

Green Aviation International Association is a new pro-aviation organisation made up of aviation and sustainability professionals. We are disappointed with the lack of speedy and effective progress by current industry leaders and we are pushing for a much more ambitious roadmap and actions for aviation sustainability.

For sure, the aviation industry has done much to be proud of, but it’s not enough, especially at a time when scientists are informing us that we are not doing enought to avert the possibility of the worst-case climate scenarios.

We are liaising and working with other NGOs, government departments, subject matter experts, research institutions, aviation industry associations, airlines and other organisations to design and implement a range of new initiatives and standards to significantly improve the sustainability standards and implementation of solutions.

We are developing as a centre of excellence for aviation sustainability standards and professionals across the industry beyond just the 240 IATA members, reaching out to all the 600+ airlines around the world.

Why not join our unique mission? For more information please enter your details on our contact page.

Scientists Discover Best CO2 Reduction “Technology” - Trees!

Scientists at the University of Oxford University have concluded research which found that trees are the best “technology” to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere and which could help to reduce the impact of global warming. The researchers looked at various methods of reducing CO2 including capturing CO2 directly from industrial sources such as power stations and factories, extracting CO2 directly from the atmosphere and even adding limestone to the oceans. Of all the methods looked at the most effective were planting trees, or converting wood waste into a material similar to charcoal which could then be incorporated into soil. The university found that utilising such solutions as afforestation were not only low-cost but could draw several years worth of CO2 from the atmosphere. Other solutions are high-cost, require large amounts of energy and face many challenges in their development.
Source: Bloomberg
Oxford University Report: Stranded Carbon Assets and Negative Emissions Technologies, published 3 Feb 2015, Authors: Ben Caldecott, Guy Lomax, Mark Workman

NASA reveals dramatic impact of forest clearance

Remarkable data has recently arrived from the first satellite dedicated to monitoring levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, with some very revealing results. NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-d), which was launched in July 2014, measures the concentrations of carbon dioxide around the globe

The patch of dense carbon dioxide above China was expected due to very high CO2 emissions from power stations and factories, however, many observers are surprised by the large areas of orange and red over the southern hemisphere’s extensive savannah and rainforest. Farmers in these areas are known to clear land at springtime but these images suggest a bigger impact on the atmosphere than previously thought.

This image helps to confirm our view at GAIA that whilst increased CO2 emissions are a key contributory factor to climate change, another vital component is often under-played or even ignored, which is the vast deforestation taking place in the tropical zones especially over Brazil and Indonesia. Such deforestation not only removes the natural process of carbon absorption by trees, but the loss of rainforest directly changes local climate and has a knock-on effect globally on weather patterns and longer term climate change. If you want to learn more about the issues of deforestation and how the problem is starting to being addressed, please visit our friends at the Global Canopy Programme.

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