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Delegated Regluation implementing CORSIA in Europe comes into force


The Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/1603 of 18 July 2019 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 30 September 2019 and entered into force 20 days after its publication on the 20 October 2019.

This Regulation is a simple implementation of the CORSIA SARPs for European based operators through the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

In short, the Regulation applies to aircraft operators that hold an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) issued by a Member State or that are registered in a Member State (including outermost regions, dependencies and territories of that Member State), and that emit more than 10,000 tCO2 on international flights (except flights between aerodromes located in two different third countries) for 2019.

Only flights operated with aircraft exceeding 5.7 tons (5700kg) MTOW except State flights, humanitarian, medical, military, and firefighting flights shall be taken into consideration to determine whether an aircraft operator meets the 10,000 tCO2 threshold. Flights between two different third countries shall not be taken into consideration.

These operators shall report the following flights:
- flights between Member States and third countries
- flights between Member States and outermost regions, dependencies or territories of other Member States
- flights between outermost regions, dependencies or territories of Member States and third countries or dependencies or territories of other Member States
- flights between two different third countries (although this is only a recommendation and not strictly required in order not to create breach of sovereignty issues).

Unlike in the EU ETS, flights for the purpose of search & rescue, training, scientific research and testing, as well as VFR flights and PSO flights must be reported as per delegated act article 2.4 as long as they are international.

Operators shall use a common Emissions Report template to report all reportable flights (EU ETS and CORSIA). The provisions of the Monitoring & Reporting Regulation (MRR) and the Acrceditation & Verification Regulation (AVR) continue to apply.

The Regulation is binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA).

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