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Minimising the impact of aviation emissions: what way forward?

While many efforts are being employed in the academic world for developing and evaluating adequate options for greenhouse gas emission reduction, the academic activities themselves are also a source of carbon emissions. Among others, one activity stands out: travelling for academic purposes. Next to considering options for reducing transport emissions, such as the organisation of electronic meetings instead of physical ones, the compensation of carbon emissions caused by aviation (and other forms of transport) is one specific issue to explore and understand. As far as public law regulations insufficiently deal with carbon emissions caused by aviation, the question needs to be answered how the academic world can take up responsibility by reducing and compensating aviation emissions.

This expert workshop has a twofold aim:

  • To investigate the state of the art of practice and literature regarding the reduction and compensation of aviation emissions that contribute to global warming. This will take a multidisciplinary perspective, including philosophical, economic and legal perspectives.
  • To explore options for establishing offsetting mechanisms within the academic world, particularly in the universities (or university departments and institutes) from which scholars participate to this event.

Organising committee: Prof Marjan Peeters, Dr Caroline Cauffman, Prof Marc Davidson, Prof Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Maastricht University)



Carbon Footprint

Monday 21 October 2019 (download full programme here)

12.00-13.00 Registration & lunch

Setting the scene: Greenhouse gas emissions, aviation and offsetting

  • Chair: Marjan Peeters (Maastricht University)
  • The academic aviation footprint by Dr. Ing. Paul Peeters (Breda University)
  • Technological perspectives on fossil free aviation by Dr Adelbert P.H. Goede (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Eindhoven)
  • Creating offset opportunities by forest conservation by Prof dr Reinier Boot (Utrecht University)
  • Emission compensation for academic activities: the University of Leuven by Prof Gerard Rovers (University of Leuven)
  • Sustainability of biofuels: the legal regime by Dr Yue Taotao (ENHESA)
  • Panel discussion (Marc Davidson, Maastricht University and Dr Frédéric Dobruszkes,ULB)

Public law approaches towards reducing and compensating aviation emissions

  • Chair: Michael Faure (Maastricht University)
  • ICAO and Corsia assessed from an international public law perspective by Dr Thomas Leclerc (Ph.D. in International Law and Legal Studies – Universities of Leiden and Bordeaux)

  • Airlines and airports as non-state actors in the inter-state Chicago Regime and CORSIA by Steven Truxal (University of London)
  • The implementation of international aviation standards in EU law by Prof Dr Mariolina Eliantonio and Dr Annalisa Volpato (Maastricht University)
  • European perspective: the EU ETS and aviation by Prof Marjan Peeters (Maastricht University)
  • Transparency issues related to aviation regulation by Bondine Kloostra (Prakken d'Oliveira Human Rights Lawyers)
  • Panel discussion (Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Maastricht University and Lucy Gilliam, Transport & Environment)


  Tuesday 22 October 2019 (not available to external participants due to the limited capacity of the conference room)

Reducing and compensating aviation emissions: challenges and opportunities

  • Chair: Liesbeth Lijnzaad (Maastricht Univeristy)
  • Your planet or your career! The academic flyers' dilemma: perception or reality? by Dr Romain Weikmans (Université libre de Bruxelles)
  • The economic rationale for carbon offsetting by Prof dr Stefan Weishaar (University of Groningen)
  • Philosophical perspective on compensation by Prof Marc Davidson (Maastricht University)
  • Voluntary compensation schemes: could the consumer law perspective be relevant? by Dr Caroline Cauffman (Maastricht University) and Annick van den Eshof (Maastricht University)
  • Panel discussion (Steven Truxal, University of London and Mathias Müller, Maastricht University)
12.00-12.30 Lunch

Current approaches and outlook to the future

  • Chair: Marjan Peeters (Maastricht University)
  • Status of carbon market approaches under the UNFCCC and its Paris Agreement by Mr. Miguel Naranjo (UNFCCC)
  • A critical perspective on compensation: the case of internal compensation by Joanna Cabello (World Rainforest Movement)
  • Managing the transition to low-carbon aviation by Prof René Kemp (Maastricht University)
  • Perspectives from Maastricht University by Anja Bogaert (Coordinator taskforce Sustainable UM 2030)
  • Panel & final discussion 


Maastricht University Campus Brussels
Avenue de Tervueren 153
1150 Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 2 732 50 76

How to get to the UM Campus Brussels:

  • Metro: from the Central station take the purple metro line 1 leading to Stockel (not line 5 to Herrmann-Debroux) and get off at ‘Montgomery’. Take exit ‘Boulevard de Saint-Michel / Avenue de Tervueren 1-171 and then turn right. The UM Campus Brussels will be after 30 meters on your left hand.
  • Brussels Airport: take bus 12 or bus 21 that both cover the area between Brussels Airport and the city center. In both cases get off at ‘Diamant’ and take the tram line 23 or 24 both in the direction of ‘Vanderkindere’ or take line 25 in the direction of Boondaal Station. Get off at ‘Montgomery’. Take exit ‘Boulevard de Saint-Michel / Avenue de Tervueren 1-171 and then turn right. The UM Campus Brussels will be after 30 meters on your left hand.