IATA - University of Geneva Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Environmental Sustainability in Aviation

About the diploma

6 courses to be completed in 1 year

IATA-UNIGE Advanced Studies (CAS) in Environmental Sustainability in Aviation aviation training course

This diploma program offers a full range of courses meant to provide a comprehensive overview of the burning topic of environmental sustainability in aviation. You will get the opportunity to identify a set of measures you can implement to achieve short, medium and long-term benefits from the environmental perspective while being conscious of financial sustainability. You will also examine how carbon credits are created, the types and locations of carbon offset programs and projects, review the standards that exist for validation/verification of carbon credits, and review the international standards and recommended practice that have been approved to date. You will have the tools to break-down sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) concepts and assess a basic SAF business case. Looking at the human aspect in a company, this program also blends the environmental specific courses with corporate social responsibility, organizational ethics and responsible leadership. These courses will help and guide you in finding your own answers to what ‘leading responsibly’ means at your workplace and how to engage in responsible decision making and avoid ethical blindness.

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Course code: DIPL-121

What you will learn

The program is delivered through LIVE virtual classrooms, providing real-time interactive instructor-led online learning where participants can communicate, view and discuss presentations. During each course you will also engage with learning resources while working in groups, all in an online setting.

Upon completion of this diploma you will be able to:

  • Develop a relevant, comprehensive and dynamic environmental sustainability strategy
  • Explain the value-based implications of everyday behaviors and decisions for an organization’s culture
  • Develop thoughtful, responsible proposals / solutions in the context of business and society
  • Analyze the benefits of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) for aviation and their environmental impacts
  • Develop robust plans to address the most significant environmental aspects
  • Reflect on the competing demands in organizations, and the resulting challenge for being responsible

Key Topics

  • Responsible leadership
  • Carbon markets
  • Materiality matrix
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainable aviation fuels

Program Schedule 2021-2022

All our courses will be held online
Module 1: Design a Sustainability Strategy
Module 2: Environmental Management Systems in Aviation Intensive
Module 3: Responsible Leadership
Module 4: Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF)
Module 5: Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Ethics
Module 6: Carbon Markets and Aviation

Who should attend

  • Aviation professionals
  • Environmental specialists
  • Government affairs, marketing and communication managers


The total cost for the CAS Program (6 modules) will be provided on request.

A passing mark of 70% is required on all assignments and exams. A special distinction is awarded to candidates who obtain a distinction in all, or all but one, of all course exams and assignments that are incorporated in this program. 12 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the program.

All candidates must complete a formal application:

IATA - University of Geneva Advanced Studies in Aviation Management application form

To receive the diploma candidates must complete

  • 6 Required courses

Required courses

Carbon Markets and Aviation - University of Geneva (classroom)

Explore the evolution of CORSIA (Carbon Offset and Reductions Scheme for International Aviation) at ICAO and review compliance and voluntary carbon markets.

  • English

Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Ethics - University of Geneva (classroom)

Discuss corporate social responsibility and explore various responsible management and compliance tools

  • English

Design a Sustainability Strategy - University of Geneva (classroom)

Overview of the most pressing issues aviation is facing in sustainability and receive guidance and tools to map out the landscape and plan a realistic and achievable sustainability strategy.

  • English

Environmental Management Systems in Aviation - University of Geneva (classroom)

Become a specialist in designing and implementing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for airlines, ground handlers, airline caterers and airline MROs

  • English

Responsible Leadership - University of Geneva (classroom)

Find out your own answers to what ‘’Leading responsibly’ means in your workplace.

  • English

Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) - University of Geneva (classroom)

Assess the impact of global policy initiatives from ICAO and implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

  • English

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