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During the 39th General Assembly, ICAO decided to implement a Global Market Based Measure (GMBM) scheme in the form of Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to address CO2 emissions from international civil aviation. The measures taken towards implementation of CORSIA in India are as follows:
- DGCA has issued Civil Aviation Requirements on “CORSIA” after consultation with the stakeholders.
- DGCA has issued guidance material for airline operators and other stakeholders for better understanding of the design elements of CORSIA.
- DGCA in association with International Air Transport Association (IATA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has carried out various workshops and seminars/trainings for the industry to sensitize them on CORSIA requirements.
- DGCA has worked in closed coordination with National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB) to empanel two verification bodies to carry out verification activities on CORSIA for the airlines.
For Indian Operators, the CORSIA offsetting requirements will be applicable from 2027 viz. from Mandatory (Second) phase of the CORSIA implementation. India has filed reservations at the 40th ICAO Assembly in 2019 regarding the current structure of CORSIA. The matter has been taken up at Council level through Representative of India at ICAO Council. The matter has also been taken up with likeminded countries in consultation with the Ministry of External Affairs.