Turkey's aviation emissions monitoring, reporting and verification system in the context of EU ETS and CORSIA

Airplane flying above the Dolmabahce palace - Istanbul, Turkey

Every climate policy measure requires a solid data base for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). Introducing these MRV regulations, however, is a challenging process, both for public authorities as well as private industry. Turkey successfully established a national MRV system in recent years and is currently working to improve it. At the moment, the country is examining how to expand the system to include air traffic. In the EU, aviation is already subject to extensive emissions reporting obligations. While the International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to implement the CORSIA emissions compensation system, that scheme has its own MRV requirements.

GIZ Turkey recently organised a study trip for Turkish officials from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation to learn about German experiences with MRV and explore the specific challenges that MRV presents to the aviation industry. The study trip was part of a German-Turkish cooperation project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI).  

To facilitate discussion among trip participants and German MRV experts from the public and private sectors, adelphi created an innovative event format, combining a dinner with the World Café workshop method. Participants explored issues of data quality, the interaction of different MRV systems, and the relevant political aspects. In addition to organising the format and moderating the discussion, adelphi offered its expertise on CORSIA and the market mechanisms of emissions reduction. adelphi also arranged for exchange with the aviation industry in order to bring in the direct experience of an aviation operator dealing with the complex legal requirements.