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Carbon Markets and Sustainable Alternative Fuels (Classroom, 2 days)

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Learn the fundamentals of carbon markets and sustainable alternative fuels (SAF) and their essential roles in the future of aviation. Sustainable alternative fuel and carbon markets are expected to play a larger role for the aviation industry as ICAO Member States begin to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

This course will allow you to analyze carbon market dynamics, strategies and pricing, and understand the environmental impacts of SAF. Using cost-benefit analysis, you will also learn about the financial implications of SAF to airline operations, supply chain logistics, and emissions trading schemes.

This course is available at IATA Training Centers, Regional Training Partner locations, and on-demand as in-company training.

Course format

  • This classroom course provides 2 days (16 hours) of instruction delivered by an official IATA Instructor.
  • Student performance will be based on an assessment


  • Participants should have at least 3 years of working experience in their related field.
  • Recommended level is Professional
  • The recommended level of language proficiency is ICAO Operational Level 4 for courses in English or equivalent for other languages.

Next class

Aug 06 - Aug 07, 2018 - Spain, Madrid (IATA)
1 additional class is scheduled. See all

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Estimate aviation’s role in carbon markets, current function and perspectives
  • Identify and compare carbon trading mechanisms, dynamics and strategies
  • Assess the impact of global policy initiatives and global market-based measures (MBM) on the aviation industry
  • Analyse SAF sustainability compliance requirements
  • Analyse the benefits of SAF for aviation and their environmental impacts
  • Construct a cost-benefit analysis to evaluate the merit and potential for SAF use within existing airline operations

Course content

  • Aviation’s impact on climate change and MBM’s as mitigation measures
  • Aviation in EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and the future of ICAO’s global offsetting scheme CORSIA
  • Existing and potential future carbon units and offset credits
  • Airline compliance strategy and trading: pricing dynamics and hedging
  • Physical properties of SAF, technical certification, sustainability and compliance
  • Manufacturing and purchase cost inputs
  • Integration of SAF in the jet fuel supply chain; logistics best practice
  • Chain of custody and recognition of SAF under various regulations
  • Building the SAF business case

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for:

  • Operations, environment and finance managers
  • Civil aviation authorities, corporate communications, and environment agencies
  • Government agencies and employees
  • Fuel purchasers, suppliers, logistics providers and traders

Certificate awarded

An IATA Certificate of Completion is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 70% or higher on all exercises and exams. A special distinction is awarded to participants obtaining a grade of 90% or higher.

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Further training
Graduates of this course can apply for the Harvard ManageMentor© (HMM) distance learning program at a special graduate price.

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