IBAC head discusses new aviation emission framework during official global business aviation organisation meeting at the MEBAA Show

Dubai, UAE: December 7, 2016: Some business aviation operators may have to pay heed to new market-based measures to offset carbon emissions, the so-called CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) scheme, as a result of industry talks stemming from the 39th ICAO Assembly.

Kurt Edwards, Director General of the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), headed up a meeting of global business aviation associations during the MEBAA Show at DWC, Airshow site this week, where he took the opportunity to describe CORSIA as one of the biggest issues facing the world business aviation sector.

In October 2016, 191 states at the 39th ICAO Assembly agreed to launch a global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation. Of those, 66 states, representing more than 86.5 per cent of international aviation activity, agreed their intention to voluntarily participate in the scheme from its outset. The scheme applies only to international flights between participating countries

Edwards told the MEBAA Show gathering that the measures would take effect as a pilot, then first phase, for six years from 2020, and affect operators that produce more than 10,000 metric tonnes of emissions from international flights per year. From 2027, all nations with more than 0.5 per cent of global international RTK, will be expected to join the scheme. 

“IBAC participates on the ICAO technical group working out the details of how CORSIA will be applied,” said Edwards. “Given that it will only apply to those emitting more than 10,000 metric tonnes of CO2, and that aircraft under 5,700kgs are exempt, we understand it may affect around 100 business aviation operators globally.

“We are working to ensure administrative simplicity – it will probably mean that operators will simply have to keep detailed records of fuel used and emissions created,” he said.

Ali Ahmed Alnaqbi, Founding Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association, highlighted that the UAE and Qatar have already voluntarily agreed to take part in the CORSIA scheme, adding: “As the body representing the interests of regional business aviation, we are working with Mr Edwards and IBAC to ensure any measures such as CORSIA are adopted amongst our members with minimal disruption to business continuity. 

“We are, of course, fully behind any measures which bring environmental benefits, and it is also worth noting that business aircraft tend to lead the market in testing cutting-edge technologies that often have environmental benefits, such as lighter materials, more advanced avionics, and winglets. Take a tour around The MEBAA Show today to see evidence of this.”

Overall, general aviation activity around the world supports 3.5 percent of global GDP, and air transport facilitated the movement of more than 3.5 billion passengers in 2015, as well as 35 percent of world trade by value. It contributes two per cent of human-made carbon emissions.

While many smaller scale business aviation operators may be exempt from the CORSIA scheme, it is the first step in the International Civil Aviation Organisation's moves to a global aspirational goal of carbon neutral growth from 2020, eventually expected to affect all flights. 

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