CORSIA: The first internationally adopted approach to calculate life-cycle GHG emissions for aviation fuels

Prussi, M., Lee, U., Wang, M., Malina, R., Valin, H. ORCID:, Taheripour, F., Velarde, C., Staples, M.D., et al. (2021). CORSIA: The first internationally adopted approach to calculate life-cycle GHG emissions for aviation fuels. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 150 e111398. 10.1016/j.rser.2021.111398.

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The aviation sector has grown at a significant pace in recent years, and despite improvements in aircraft efficiency, the sector's impact on climate change is a growing concern. To address this concern, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) established the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to help reduce aviation greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This paper presents a methodology agreed by the 193 ICAO member states to evaluate the life-cycle GHG emissions of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), in the CORSIA system. The core life-cycle assessment and induced land use change values of SAFs are presented to determine the GHG savings of certified pathways. The paper aims to present that a number of SAFs can yield significant life-cycle emission reductions compared to petroleum-derived jet fuel. This implies the potentially major role of SAFs in reducing aviation's carbon footprint.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable aviation fuels; Aviation; bio kerosene; Life-cycle assessment; GHG reductions; CORSIA
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Integrated Biosphere Futures (IBF)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2021 08:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:35

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