Apr 2018 – Trade association Airlines for America (A4A) has been presented with the annual ‘Commitment to Quality’ environmental achievement award by the American Carbon Registry (ACR) for “helping to shape the ICAO GHG emissions reduction programme and offsetting mechanism for airlines in a way that ensures quality, rigour and transparency.” The non-profit enterprise of Winrock International, ACR oversees the registration and verification of carbon offset projects in both the voluntary carbon market and California’s regulated carbon market, as well as operating an electronic registry system. Announcing the award, ACR lauded A4A’s critical role in supporting the ICAO agreement on the CORSIA carbon offset scheme for international aviation and the development of its implementing provisions.
“While the US airlines have dramatically improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions by investing billions in fuel-saving aircraft and engines, innovative technologies like winglets and an array of operational and infrastructure measures, we are strong supporters of the ICAO CORSIA to complement these measures to achieve aviation’s internationally-agreed emissions goals,” stated Nancy Young, VP Environmental Affairs at A4A. “We are proud to work with governments, carbon market experts like ACR and the environmental NGO community to ensure CORSIA is implemented in an environmentally rigorous and practicable way.”
ACR’s ‘Innovation’ award went to the GreenTrees reforestation project, a one-million-acre conservation initiative that aims to plant over 500 million new trees for ecosystem repair and climate impact in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, North America’s largest rainforest and waterfowl migratory corridor. It has generated over 2.5 million tonnes of verified carbon offsets for partners that include United Airlines and Skyway Air Taxi.
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