Counting down to CORSIA


According to the the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), business operations should start preparing
for the carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation, also known as the CORSIA agreement, which was announced and signed by industry leaders from various associations just over a year ago.

To incentivize operators to start perparing, IBAC has been offering a countdown-to-CORSIA checklist during this month’s NBAA-BACE convention held in Las Vegas, NV.

According to an association statement, CORSIA is designed to offset the growth in carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation after 2020. The first six years of the scheme, negotiated by governments and supported
by the industry, will be voluntary for states to join. So far 72 states have volunteered. Only routes between these States shall be covered. In later years, it will be mandatory for all but the smallest aviation markets.

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“CORSIA is the single, global market-based measure that is simple and supported by industry,” further explained IBAC Director General Kurt Edwards. “Yet not many operators that may be covered are aware of the system’s two central components: monitoring fuel burn – and therefore emissions – and offsetting emissions growth. Covered operators will begin monitoring and reporting international fuel use to their governments from January 2019.”

In the coming months, and in collaboration with other and member associations such as NBAA, EBAA and IATA, IBAC will organize a number of awareness-building activities, such as regional workshops and presentations at various business aviation events in early 2018.

“First, operators must determine whether they will have to participate in CORSIA,” Edwards added. “Governments recognized the need for administrative simplicity and established a number of exemptions for small operators. Operators with fewer than 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in international flying will not participate. Nor will international flights by aircraft under 5,700 kg or humanitarian flights be counted.”

Operators looking for more information on CORISA are encouraged to consult IBAC’s website.