IDAC reaffirms commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) represented by a delegation of the Directorate of Sustainable Development, participated in the Third Regional Seminar for the Caribbean of the Carbon Reduction and Removal Scheme of International Civil Aviation (CORSIA), which evaluated progress on the multidisciplinary agenda outlined by the countries and organizations involved.

Miguel Mejía, Director of Sustainable Development of the IDAC, informed that during the seminar they discussed the opportunities, challenges and actions for state authorities, aircraft operators, national accreditation agencies and verification bodies, which have responsibility in environmental management through air operations.

He explained that the main objective of the meeting was to bring together the delegations of the 14 partner States of the Caribbean project and discuss the most important components of CORSIA, to share experiences and challenges, improve synergies and cooperation among nations in the field of sustainable civil aviation.

Mejía stated that the Dominican Republic remains firmly committed to advancing research and inter-institutional coordination efforts to reduce the carbon footprint in the aviation sector.

During the seminar, which was held in the Jamaican capital from June 12-14, topics such as “The offset calculation process for aircraft operators attributed to specific States” and “The interaction they need to create with national stakeholders, mainly with the Ministry of Environment, to initiate the application process for Corsia eligible emissions units” were discussed.

In addition, “The potential and advantages of creating accredited verification bodies also for the Corsia sub-scope, highlighting the importance of a regional approach”, was among the panels of the referred international conclave.

The Dominican delegation, which was supported by the general director of the IDAC, Héctor Porcella and the executive director of the Dominican Accreditation Organization (ODAC), Ángel David Taveras Difó, was formed by the director of Sustainable Development and deputy director of the IDAC, Miguel Mejía; Judit de León, as Saf’s focal point; Luis Ramírez, CORSIA focal point and Gregory Ramírez, Monitoring, Verification and Reporting (MRV) officer.

The IDAC delegates were accompanied by representatives of the airline Helidosa Group, Juan Manuel Polanco and Yohanna Ceballos; also participating as observers were Christopher Barks, Regional Director of North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Nacc, and Luis Sanchez, Regional Specialist in Aeronautical Meteorology and Environment.

The regional seminar was held under the framework of the EU-Corsia project and sponsored by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with the special participation of Colonel Oscar Derby, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority of Jamaica; Christopher Barks, Regional Director for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACC) and Eleonora Italia, International Cooperation Officer for the Americas and Africa of EASA’s Directorate of Strategy and Safety Management.

EASA’s 14 member states in the region are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname.

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