Carbon emissions and CORSIA

In recent months, there’s been an explosion of media coverage around airlines and carbon emissions. First of all there was British Airways’ announcement that it would become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on flights within the UK from 2020. Then there was the BBC Panorama investigation into the practice of fuel tankering and its implications for carbon emissions. Finally, a string of major airlines announced ambitious plans to reduce their net carbon emissions: EasyJet, JetBlue, Delta and Etihad.

The International Council on Clean Transportation calculated that commercial aviation was only responsible for 2.4% of all carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use in 2018. However, it also pointed out that it had increased by 32% in the last five years. With passenger numbers expected to double from 2018 levels by 2037, action clearly needs to be taken to halt this exponential growth.

With all this in mind, airlines who have been slow to get on board with CORSIA (the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation), need to rethink — and fast.

Why airlines need to act now

Aside from the environmental case and the growing public pressure, it’s within your airline’s interests to get involved in CORSIA now. In fact, the scheme’s obligations have already started. As of 1 January 2019, all airlines are required to monitor and report their CO2 emissions annually for all applicable international flights (certain routes and flight types are exempt). From 2021, many carriers will need to buy offsets for any growth in CO2 emissions from 2020 levels.

So, you need to be sure you can calculate your CO2 emissions accurately by 2021, otherwise you could be spending more money on carbon offsetting than you need to. 

It takes time to work out processes for accurately calculating CO2 emissions in line with CORSIA standards. It’s possible that your airline’s data collection systems will need adapting, you may need to buy software to help you calculate emissions using one of the five methods CORSIA specifies, and it may require a bit of trial and error to find out which of these five methods works best for your airline.

For all these reasons, you need to get CORSIA-ready now. There’s less than a year to go before most commercial traffic will be subject to the new offsetting rules.


What’s the fastest way to get ready for CORSIA? 

FuelPlus Emissions is the simplest, fastest and most accurate way to prepare for CORSIA. It collects, integrates and cleans data from various sources to quantify your airline’s CO2 emissions using any of the calculation methods specified in CORSIA — you specify which. Data sources include operational data, fuel messages, ACARS transmissions, load sheets, schedules, flight reports and more.

It’s suitable for large and small airlines, whatever their level of fuel consumption, and has been tried and tested by leading carriers over many years — initially for EU ETS (the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme).


Contact us for a demo of FuelPlus Emissions


For customers new to FuelPlus, it will take only a matter of weeks to set up this emissions software, but if you are already using the FuelPlus platform, things are even simpler. Our emissions solution can be added to your account at any time and because you will already be collecting a lot of the data required, you will shortcut much of the setup process. Talk to your Customer Success Manager to find out more and get started.