With the carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation (aka the CORSIA) now kicking off with a voluntary phase for the first six years, the aviation industry has been calling on countries to clearly state that they will volunteer to be part of the scheme.
A number of States and groups of States are already making their commitment to a sustainable future for aviation known, by pledging to be part of the global aviation offsetting scheme from the start.
Currently, 66 States have volunteered to be part of the first phases of the global offsetting scheme. Together with those States which will be part of the mandatory phase, this means over 80% of the growth in international aviation CO2 after 2020 will be offset.
We will keep this page updated as more countries join the movement:
- 29 June 2016: the leaders of Canada, Mexico and the United States make a joint commitment on climate action, including "We support the adoption by all countries in 2016 of the market-based measure proposed through the International Civil Aviation Organization to allow for carbon-neutral growth from international civil aviation from 2020 onwards and will join the first phase of the measure adopted."
- 22 August 2016: Indonesia commits to showing climate leadership, saying in a submission to the informal ICAO Friends of the President meeting that "Although based on the initial proposal from the Council, Indonesia could opt to join the GMBM in a second phase, its government wishes to demonstrate its commitment to ICAO, to other Member States and to the global efforts to fight against Climate Change by voluntarily committing to take early action and join the scheme in its first implementation phase (from 2021) as a show of good will and cooperation."
- 3 September 2016: the United States and China announce that they "support the ICAO Assembly to reach consensus on a global market-based measure this October, and expect to be early participants in such measure."
- 3 September 2016: the Bratislava Declaration, issued by the 44 members of the European Conference on Civil Aviation (see * membership below) say that they "intend to implement the Global Market-Based Measure scheme for international aviation from the start, as long as the agreed scheme reflects the aforementioned considerations."
- 6 September 2016: the Minister of Transport for the Republic of the Marshall Islands said in a press release: "the Republic of the Marshall Islands has signaled its intention to voluntarily join a new global market-based measure to reduce emissions from international aviation, and has urged others to urgently follow its lead. Provided ICAO adopts an ambitious resolution guaranteeing environmental integrity and ensures there is a mechanism to regularly review and ramp up ambition, the Marshall Islands intends to be involved from the beginning. It is critical others now follow our lead and pledge to join the new scheme from the start, particularly those which can help ensure the greatest coverage in emissions."
- 12 September 2016: Singapore announced its intention to join: "Singapore intends to participate in the pilot phase of the CORSIA."
- 20 September 2016: Japan announces that it will join the scheme (Japanese announcement): "Japan is playing a responsible role in the field of international aviation, and it has also been playing a positive role in implementing measures against global warming. In this context, Japan came to the decision of participating in the Global Market-Based Measure. This will effectively reduce the GHG emissions from the international aviation sector."
- 19 September 2016: Guatemala declares its intention to join CORSIA: "Guatemala Intends to adhere voluntarily to the first phase of the global market-based measure."
- 21 September 2016: Malaysia indicates in a response to an ICAO State Letter that it intends to participate in the CORSIA from 2021
- 22 September 2016: Kenya indicates in a response to an ICAO State Letter that it intends to participate in the CORSIA from 2021
- 22 September 2016: the United Arab Emirates indicates in a response to an ICAO State Letter that it intends to participate in the CORSIA from 2021
- 23 September 2016: New Zealand announces that it will join the scheme from the beginning: “New Zealand will support the ICAO Global Measure Resolution and participate from Phase I, which commences in 2021, provided other developed countries and the majority of major aviation states also agree to do so. A single, robust global market-based measure is likely to achieve a significantly better environmental outcome at a lower cost than a patchwork of national and regional measures.”
- 23 September 2016: Republic of Korea indicates in a response to an ICAO State Letter that it intends to participate in the CORSIA from 2021.
- 27 September 2016: Australia indicates in a response to an ICAO State Letter that it intends to participate in the CORSIA from 2021.
- 28 September 2016: Thailand announces at ICAO it will volunteer to be in the scheme: "Thailand is fully committed to join on the basis of voluntary participation for its pilot phase in 2021."
- 28 September 2016: Israel, has indicated its intention to join in the CORISA: "I would like to make an additional announcement concerning Israel's commitment to join the international efforts to fight global warming and I therefore announce that we join the GMBM scheme on a voluntary basis from 2021."
- 28 September 2016: Costa Rica has indicated to ICAO its intention to join CORSIA: "According to the above Costa Rica has decided to participate voluntarily in the pilot phase of the global market-based measure."
- 29 September 2016: Papua New Guinea indicated that it will join the CORSIA: "PNG wishes to participate in the voluntary scheme and we support the adoption of the Resolution text as proposed in WP/52."
- 4 October 2016: Qatar announced that it will join the CORSIA from the beginning.
- 5 October 2016: Burkina Faso announced that it will join CORSIA from the beginning.
- 7 October 2016: Zambia indicates in response to an ICAO State Letter that it will join CORSIA
- 26 April 2017: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that it will join CORSIA from the beginning
- 10 May 2017: Gabon informs ICAO that it will volunteer to participate in CORSIA from the start.
- 31 May 2017: Nigeria communicated to ICAO its intention to voluntarily participate in CORSIA from the outset.
* The 44 ECAC States include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and Ukraine.