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1 October 2019

What’s the difference between Corsica & CORSIA: the environment of course!

As professional travel agents and by default, geography experts, you all know that Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 18 regions of France, not to mention the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.

So what is CORSIA then?  CORSIA stands for Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation.  CORSIA is an ICAO-led initiative that is supported by IATA airlines in offsetting and reducing airlines’ carbon footprint.  This initiative aims to stabilise CO2 emissions from international civil aviation at 2020 levels. CORSIA’s obligations have already started and since January 2019 all carriers are required to report their CO2 emissions on an annual basis, with offsetting requirements applying from 2021. The aviation industry is also committed via technological, operational and infrastructure advances to continue to reduce the sector's carbon emissions. It is forecast that CORSIA will mitigate around 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2 and generate over USD 40 billion in climate finance between 2021 and 2035!   

IATA and its airline members are taking major steps not only to decrease our industry’s carbon footprint but to lead the charge in positive environmental action.  As travel professionals WE can take this opportunity to champion our industry’s efforts in battling climate change and CORSIA’s adoption by the airlines clearly changes the interaction of our industry with the environment which will lead to a continued and eco-sustainable industry that we can all be proud of. 

Another interesting fact about Corsica is that while French is the first language, Corsican (Corsu) is the local language also taught in schools. So how do you say "CORSIA" in Corsu? Something to ponder....

More information on CORSIA

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