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Michael Schneider

Assistant Director Aviation Environment, IATA

Michael Schneider is an aviation professional with 20+ years of experience in finance, environment, and sustainability. He currently holds the position of assistant director within the IATA aviation environment team based in Geneva Switzerland.  

During his career Michael developed complex business intelligence solutions and occupied a leading role in the global implementation and roll-out of electronic ticketing that led to a paperless industry. In 2012 he implemented IATAs Fuel Reporting & Emissions Database (FRED), tracking the aviation sectors fuel efficiency improvements and CO2 emissions reductions.  

In past years he has been closely participating in ICAOs expert groups to help define the technical requirements for the first global and sectoral carbon offset and reduction scheme for international aviation, better known as CORSIA. Since then, he has been driving several high-profile projects linked to the development of environmental reporting and compliance systems to assist airlines in meeting their mandatory or voluntary offset obligations.  

He conceptualized and successfully implemented the FRED+ emissions reporting system, enabling the pairing and data exchange between aircraft operators, state administering authorities, and independent verifiers under CORSIA.  

He is also the founding member of ACE – the Aviation Carbon Exchange, an environmental commodity exchange for aviation stakeholders to trade CORSIA eligible and voluntary carbon offsets.  

Michael holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in International Finance and Banking from the International University in Geneva and holds a diploma in International Business and Marketing from Michigan State University.