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Industry Best Practice for Carbon Offsetting – the IATA Carbon Offset Program
Compensating element, to
balance, cancel out
activities that have generated
emissions reductions elsewhere, geographically different from
Offsets can be purchased by countries, companies or individuals to
reduce net carbon emissions
What does it mean in case of
Range of aviation activities generate CO2 emissions:
Transport to and from airports
Airport facilities including retail outlets
Manufacturing of aircraft components
Airlines measure and report CO2 emissions
Airlines offset CO2 emissions
Offers standard methodology, promotes industry best practices for offsetting
IATA facilitates implementation and manages all aspects of the program
• IATA carbon calculator tool and carbon calculation methodology
• Manages a portfolio of offset projects (large geographical coverage)
Achievement: Airline example (TAP) – Planet Earth Award
Key Principles of the Program
IATA carbon calculator methodology
Based on ICAO methodology, enhanced with real airline data
• Actual fuel burn
• Actual load factor
• Actual weight (passengers & freight)
Carbon Offset Projects
greenhouse gas emissions.
where they were generated
Airlines offer voluntary carbon offset programs to passengers
Independent validation and verification of program
Voluntary offsets contribute directly to reduction of CO2 emissions
100% of passenger $ contributions go into offset projects
High quality offsets – most credible offset standards
Highest level of transparency
Voluntary to passengers
Passengers can support world leading climate and development projects.
Renewable energy projects (Wind farms, Hydroelectricity, Solar etc.)
Energy efficiency (cook stoves, power generation, light bulb replacement etc.)
REDD+ (avoided deforestation, reforestation, afforestation etc.)
Methane capture (from landfills, mines, livestock waste etc.)
Fuel switching (substitution of fossil fuel by using biomass)
Clean Development Standard (United Nations-CDM)
Other high quality standards
Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Accreditation & Verification
Program and its member airlines are independently audited by the Quality Assurance Standard – QAS
• Annual audit
Provides comfort to participating passengers that the scheme is managed to highest standards
How to implement a carbon offset program?
Start of program implementation
IATA provides project documentation, calculator tool, and methodologies.
Airline Partner and IATA sign an MoU - “commitment to proceed”, outlining responsibilities and key principles.
Site visits to meet key stakeholders to explain background and implementation steps
Airline Partner expresses interest
Benefits of the IATA program
Management services – allowing airlines to offer carbon offsets through their web sales
Carbon calculator methodology and carbon calculator tool.
Project selection, credit purchases, project information, management and provision of offset tracking (including cancellations).
Support in all marketing activities of the program.
Program is independently audited.