India’s refusal to join the International Air Transport Association-led Carbon Offsetting and Reporting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) has led to surprise and consternation within the global trade group, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac told AIN. “I would like India to join CORSIA, but frankly for the moment, I do not see things moving and do not expect it to during the election period,” he lamented.
De Juniac’s comments referred to India’s federal elections scheduled from April to May this year, followed by state elections set to continue until the end of the year.
“It was a great surprise to us that India did not join CORSIA given it was part of the Paris climate change agreement,” added De Juniac.
Starting on a voluntary basis from January 2021, CORSIA's pilot phase requires reporting of the use of fuel and emissions of every commercial international flight. At a recent forum, Indian secretary of civil aviation RN Choubey said India had encountered difficulty committing to requirements of CORSIA adopted in 2016. “The main issue for negotiation is what should be the baseline and the reference to which we should regulate ourselves,” Choubey said.
At India’s Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai in January, ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu encouraged India and the other states in attendance to “augment their air transport development successes through enhanced implementation of ICAO standards and guidance for network safety, capacity, security, and sustainability, including the CORSIA strategy for emissions reduction and offsetting.”
Under CORSIA, airlines will need to buy carbon offsets to compensate for their growth of CO2 emissions.