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CORSIA carbon credit market sees unprecedented surge following ICAO’s latest move

The carbon credit market for the aviation industry witnessed a significant price surge, with the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) futures doubling to $20 per tonne in just 48 hours. This dramatic increase is linked to the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) recent decision to grant conditional approval to key carbon registries like Verra, Gold Standard, and Climate Action Reserve, among others. These registries, pivotal in the issuance of carbon credits, now face restrictions that have heightened competition among buyers due to anticipated supply constraints.

CORSIA carbon credit market sees unprecedented surge following ICAO’s latest move_A plane flying above green, lush forest_visual 1A plane flying above green, lush forest. AI generated picture.

Experts believe this conditional approval, affecting the availability of credits, is a result of unresolved issues concerning UN protocols on credit accounting and the avoidance of double counting. The decision underscores the complexity of establishing a universally accepted framework for carbon credit transactions, particularly under Articles 6.2 and 6.4 of the Paris Agreement, which aim to streamline global emission reduction efforts and the creation of a global carbon market, respectively.

CORSIA carbon credit market sees unprecedented surge following ICAO’s latest move_Chart showing CORSIA Eligible Emissions Units (2024-2026) Futures_visual 2Chart showing CORSIA Eligible Emissions Units (2024-2026) Futures. Source: https://www.ice.com/products/83046673/CORSIA-Eligible-Emissions-Units-2024-2026-Futures/data?marketId=7490945&span=3 

To date, full approval has been extended to the American Carbon Registry and the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions, positioning them to issue credits during CORSIA's initial phase from 2024 to 2026. Others aim to meet the requirements for subsequent phases, guided by ICAO's feedback, and face the first documentation resubmission deadline of 15 April, with a review slated for September 2024. This step marks a critical juncture in the aviation industry's journey towards sustainable, regulated carbon trading, emphasising the growing importance of environmental accountability on a global scale.

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