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Namibia to participate in ICAO’s carbon offsetting scheme

Namibia has become the latest nation to join in on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Namibia’s addition to the roster pegs the number of nations to 73.

CORSIA was recently established by the United Nations agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and would begin in 2020.

CORSIA is aimed at capping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international aviation. International operators emitting over 10,000 metric tons of CO2 annually on flights between the participating countries would be compelled to purchase carbon credits to offset growth above 2020 levels for compliance with the CORSIA mandate.

“On behalf of the global aviation industry, I would like to congratulate the government of Namibia on its decision to take a vital step in the fight against climate change,” said Michael Gill, the Executive Director of the Swiss-based Air Transport Action Group, an aviation industry coalition that facilitates and represents all sectors of the air transport sector on issues regarding sustainability.

In a letter to New Era, Gill said Namibia has displayed leadership in both climate and aviation in deciding to participate in the initial, voluntary, stages of a global scheme.

“The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, which was negotiated through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization, will ensure that aviation can grow in a sustainable manner for years to come, helping to provide connectivity to people all over the world, whilst dealing with the sector’s CO2 emissions. Namibia’s climate leadership will help make sure that this scheme is a success,” Gill remarked.

To determine CORSIA’s applicability, operators would be mandated to establish a baseline fleet-emissions level by averaging their total CO2 emissions on international flights between participating countries. Required data points include flights on a given date and between international city pairs, time en route and total fuel burned.

ICAO is also developing a no-cost CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT) that would allow operators to enter their flight information details to calculate the total fuel burn per year based on arrival and departure airports in CORSIA-participating states, great circle routes, and time aloft.

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