Paris-headquartered Verifavia, the world’s leading verifier of aviation and shipping emissions, has become the first verification company to announce its worldwide accreditation under the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

Agreed by 192 countries at a meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in 2016, CORSIA aims to ensure a carbon-neutral growth of the airline industry. It is the first global scheme by any industrial sector to address its climate change impact.

Under CORSIA, a global baseline of CO2 emissions from all international flights has to be established before the scheme starts in 2021. Airlines and other aircraft operators with total annual CO2 emissions above 10,000 metric tons are required to monitor those emissions from 2019 and report them to the relevant administering authority in their country of registration. To ensure their reporting is accurate and complies with strict CORSIA regulations, it must first be audited by an independent verifier that has been accredited under the scheme.

Last August, the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) launched an accreditation scheme specifically to support CORSIA emissions verification and has since conducted a pilot run in which Verifavia took part.

“We are delighted to be the first CORSIA verification body to have been accredited by SAC and we may actually be the first to be accredited anywhere in the world to carry out CORSIA verification. I would like to thank SAC for its efficiency and professionalism,” said Julien Dufour, CEO of Verifavia, which intends to manage verification activities in the region from its Singapore office.

“As one of the world’s major aviation and business hubs, Singapore is the perfect location to reach out to and serve airlines from the Asia-Pacific region,” added Dufour.

SAC operates under Enterprise Singapore, a statutory board of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and acts in accordance with relevant international standards and requirements, maintaining integrity and impartiality while taking into account national and public interest.

As part of the SAC accreditation process, Verifavia conducted a CORSIA pre-verification audit of Singapore Airlines’ emissions report, which was witnessed by SAC at the carrier’s Changi International Airport head office.

“We thank Verifavia for conducting a complete CORSIA pre-verification audit of our emissions report as part of their CORSIA accreditation process with SAC,” said Charles Sih, Divisional Vice President Safety, Security & Environment at Singapore Airlines. “The audit has been very useful as it allowed us to fine-tune our CORSIA procedures. Verifavia’s in-depth knowledge of CORSIA was also very beneficial to our team. Overall, we welcome Verifavia as the first CORSIA accredited verifier, and we are pleased to have been involved in this achievement.”