Many Business Aviation Operations CORSIA Exempt


The NBAA estimates only 100 operators in North America affected by CORSIA

The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is an upcoming policy aiming to reduce the amount of international aviation emissions. The plan includes operators from roughly 74 countries that emit more than 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. These international operators will be required to purchase carbon credits in an attempt to decrease carbon emission levels in 2020, however, your operation may be exempt from this requirement. 

The NBAA and other organizations through IBAC are in support of an exemption for the “small emitters” that fall under the criteria to not be subject to CORSIA requirements. Doug Carr, NBAA’s vice president for regulatory and international affairs, states, “in total, we estimate that less than 100 operators in North America will be affected by CORSIA.” Their estimates are based off the following: in order to reach the 10,000-metric-ton emission threshold, current-generation business jets would have to fly 2,000 hours or more in international operations annually, or purchase 1 million gallons of fuel. Flights operated within the U.S. are not included in the threshold, applying only to flights on routes between CORSIA participating countries. 

Below is a chart lining out carbon emissions you may expect from your aircraft type: 

Corsia table

Chart provided by IBAC.

Calculating CORSIA 

In order to accurately assess your CORSIA applicability, you will need to calculate a baseline of fleet-emissions by averaging your total CO2 emissions for international flights between participating countries. ICAO is developing a free CO2 Estimation and Reporting Tool (CERT) for calculating the total fuel burn per year. Required data includes flight arrival and departure time, date of flight, total fuel burned, and great circle routes. 

It should be noted that aircraft with less than 12,500 pounds maximum takeoff weight, and any flights conducted under medevac, disaster relief, or firefighting operations are excluded from the carbon-offset requirements in CORSIA. 


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