Gladys Brangman

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2018

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center


Opportunity Description
Help implement the world’s first limit on the net emissions of a global industry sector as an Atkinson Center-Environmental Defense Fund international aviation and climate change intern within the Global Climate Program in EDF's Washington, D.C. office.
EDF is currently working to implement the world’s first limit on the net emissions of a global industry sector, namely the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction System for International Aviation (CORSIA), adopted in 2016 by the 191-nation Assembly of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). CORSIA caps the net emissions of international flights between participating countries at 2020 levels, and allows airlines to offset emissions above 2020 levels by utilizing reductions in other sectors – provided those reductions meet CORSIA’s emerging standards for emissions unit quality. Ensuring robust and durable implementation of CORSIA, and strengthening its ambition in the future, is our goal.

Key Responsibilities:

The intern will support the development of strategies for advancing the implementation of, and broadening participation in, CORSIA.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
  • Working with the global climate team to develop one or more case studies evaluating the costs and benefits for particular countries of participating in the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)
  • Researching aspects of the aviation industry related to its future compliance with CORSIA
  • Developing materials to educate policy makers and the industry on the benefits of linking CORSIA to high-quality emissions reductions, including those achieved at jurisdictional levels, without “double-claiming” those reductions in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change
  • Assisting with the development and application of models to assess the costs of meeting CORSIA targets
10 weeks
Full-time (35 hours/week)
Compensation is $5,000 for the summer term.
Annie Petsonk, International Counsel
Please make certain to review the Requirements page prior to applying.