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CORSIA looming on the horizon but many National Business Aviation Association exempted

A policy that is designed to help curb the global impact of aviation emissions is getting ready to be implemented although an exemption supported by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) would be exempt from the requirement to purchase carbon offsets.

Approved last year by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and set for implementation in 2020, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is made to cap carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels

International operators emitting over 10,000 metric tons of CO2 each year on flights between an estimated 74 participating countries would be mandated to buy carbon credits to offset growth above 2020 levels.

However, the said exemption that is backed by NBAA and other organizations through the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) means that “small emitters” that qualify under that threshold would not be subject to CORSIA requirements.

NBAA’s Vice President for Regulatory and International Affairs, Doug Carr, estimated that a lot of the current-generation business jet fleets would need to fly a total of 2,000 hours or more each year internationally or purchase approximately a million gallons of fuel, to reach the threshold. As it is, flights conducted within the United States are not counted toward the threshold, as the policy only applies only to flights on routes between the participating countries.

“In total, we estimate that fewer than 100 operators in North America will be affected by CORSIA,” Carr said.

“That said, all operators with frequent international operations should begin tracking their international emissions now, if they don’t already do so.”

To find out the applicability of CORSIA, operators would need to establish a baseline fleet-emissions level by averaging their combined CO2 emissions on international flights between partaking countries.

Required data points include flights on a specific date and between international city pairs, time en route and total fuel burned.

ICAO is also working on a free CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT) that would allow operators to enter their flight information details to analyze the total fuel burn each year based on arrival and departure airports in CORSIA-participating states, great circle routes, and time aloft.

The International Business Aviation Council also just recently announced that plans are in the works to offer CORSIA presentations and workshops at various business aviation events.

This includes the NBAA Regional Forum in West Palm Beach, Florida on January 24; at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2018), which takes place May 29-31 in Geneva, Switzerland and the Canadian Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition, June 12-14 in Ontario, Canada.

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