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CORSIA and Beyond: GHG Regulation in the Aviation History

Aviation Pros

29 Oct 2019

Morrison & Foerster’s Justin Fisch, Dustin Elliott, and Michael Steel authored an article about the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) for Aviation Pros, covering the impact on airlines and aircraft manufacturers from both this and similar regulatory schemes regarding carbon emissions and climate change.

“To prepare for more stringent domestic and international aviation emission standards, aviation industry stakeholders may consider a number of preemptive steps,” the authors write, detailing these steps and noting that some measures – such as investing in electric or hybrid airplane fleets or the use of biofuels – can benefit airlines, as they “may reduce the cost of complying with CORSIA’s offset purchase requirements by reducing or eliminating increases in emissions over 2020 baseline levels.”

The authors also advise that “while it is critical for the aviation industry to understand and comply with CORSIA – especially since individual airplane operators are required to purchase and retire emissions units to meet offset requirements – the industry should also be aware that more stringent requirements are likely coming, country by country.”

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