» Call for Applications – Accreditation for Verification of emissions under the ICAO CORSIA

15 January, 2019

Under the 2016 International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Assembly Resolution establishing the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), airlines must start reporting emissions of international flights from 2019, and offset those emissions from 2023. Emissions and offsets are both required to be verified.

On 27 June 2018, the ICAO Council adopted Annex 16, Volume IV – Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The CORSIA will become operative from 1 January 2019, and for the first 2 years of the Scheme, aeroplane operators will be required to monitor and report CO2 emissions from all International Flights. On 30 April 2019 States are required to submit to ICAO a list of accredited verification bodies.

For more information on CORSIA please see https://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CORSIA/Pages/default.aspx

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service is establishing a project to develop accreditation for the verification of aviation emissions in accordance with CORSIA. UKAS intends to run a pilot programme and is inviting applications from organisations that wish to seek accreditation for this activity.

[Please note: The requirements for verification of carbon offsets are not yet finalised so UKAS will launch an accreditation project for this activity at a later date when the details are known.]

Participants in the pilot assessment programme will be required to agree to the terms of reference of the pilot and will be subject to assessment by UKAS against the international standard ISO 14065: 2013 Greenhouse gases — Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition which sets out general criteria for the impartiality and competence of greenhouse gas verification bodies. Assessment will also take into account the requirements of ISO 14064-3: 2006 Greenhouse gases — Part 3: Specification with guidance for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions and the CORSIA requirements contained in the SARPS. On satisfactory completion of assessment by UKAS and on timely completion of the pilot assessment programme requirements, the applicants will be accredited to ISO 14065 for the verification of aviation emissions in accordance with the CORSIA.

The UKAS approach to accreditation assessment will be:

For existing UKAS-accredited ISO 14065 verification bodies (VBs) active in aviation emissions verification: VBs wishing to be accredited for CORSIA must apply for an extension to scope and submit documentation demonstrating their understanding of the requirements.

A desk top review will be carried out of documentation provided. The review will confirm that the verification body has identified the key requirements, provided training in the requirements and any changes to their verification methodology etc.

The accreditation will be qualified subject to a monitoring visit, post verification review and a witnessed assessment.

 

For other UKAS-accredited ISO 14065 VBs (i.e. without EUETS activity Code 12 in their accredited scope, or who have not been active in this scope area in the last three years):

VBs wishing to be accredited for CORSIA must apply for an extension to scope and submit documentation demonstrating their understanding of the requirements. In addition, a Head Office visit and witnessed assessment will be required to confirm the VB’s competence and processes for this activity.

 

Organisations that are not currently accredited for ISO 14065 may apply but will be subject to a full initial assessment against ISO 14965, ISO 14064-3 and CORSIA. Assessment of applicants in this category will take longer than those in categories 1. and 2. above, who are likely to achieve accreditation at an earlier date.

For all categories, accreditation will be granted when the above has been confirmed.

 

Those who wish to participate in the pilot programme are requested to apply to the UKAS Applications Unit applications@ukas.com copied to the UKAS Development Coordinator Emily.robinson@ukas.com no later than 31 January 2019.

Any queries should be addressed to the UKAS Development Manager, janet.gascoigne@ukas.com