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SAF Reporting Guidance & Updates under EU ETS, UK ETS & CORSIA for 2022 reporting


We would like to remind operators about legal requirements with regard to the reporting of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) under CORSIA, EU ETS and UK ETS, and share relevant guidance documents available.

SAF in CORSIA, EU ETS & UK ETS Workshop by VERIFAVIA and the Environment Agency

On 18 October 2022, at Aviation Carbon 2022 conference at London-Heathrow, the VERIFAVIA Aviation team in cooperation with the UK Environment Agency, held a workshop called Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in CORSIA, EU ETS & UK ETS. The agenda of the workshop was:
  • ​Brief Introduction to SAF
  • SAF in CORSIA & documents required for a claim
  • SAF in EU ETS & documents required for a claim
  • UK ETS & Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • SAF Certification & the issue of Proof Of Sustainability
We are pleased today to make the slides available to operators and all interest parties. 

Zero-rating Claims associated with Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation in the EU ETS

On 30 January 2023, experts from EU Competent Authorities and the European Commission, led and coordinated by SENASA (Spain) and the Compliance Forum Task Force Aviation, published the revised Technical Guidance on Supporting Documentation Required For Zero-rating Claims associated to Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation in the EU ETS.

This guidance, which is not legally binding, is intended to help in the monitoring and reporting of the use of sustainable biomass in aviation activities pursuant to the EU ETS. It has been prepared primarily for the benefit of aircraft operators that wish to claim emissions reductions associated with the use of sustainable biofuels for aviation in their Annual Emissions Report under the EU ETS.

Zero-rating claims associated with SAF for operators administered by France in the EU ETS

The Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC) held an online meeting on 31 January 2023 to inform operators and other stakeholders about Zero-rating claims associated to SAF for operators administered by France.

Key points are:
  • SAF use under mandates is accepted because RES (Renewable Energy Schemes) and ETS are two different ecosystems.
  • Operators have to provide proof of delivery in purchase records and then assign the biofuel to the flights from that aerodrome in its Annual Emissions Report (AER).
  • If PoS is not available the SAF’s credential shall be taken from the National Database for Biofuels for that member state (such as Nabisy, Carbure)
  • Only for 2022, DGAC is accepting biofuel claims for biofuel purchased in 2021.

UK Guidance on the reporting of SAF in the UK ETS and CORSIA

If you are an Aircraft Operator with compliance obligations in a Scheme Year and you are
purchasing Eligible SAF, you may be able to reduce your verified aviation emissions figure
and the corresponding number of allowances you are required to surrender by making an
Emissions Reduction Claim when you submit your annual emissions report to the Environment Agency in ETSWAP.

The UK guidance published a UK ETS Aviation Guidance Note that sets out the
Environment Agency’s approach to Emission Reduction Claims relating to the 2022 and
2023 Scheme Years.

Reporting of CORSIA Eligible Fuels (CEFs)

Operators may reduce their offsetting requirements through the use of CEFs, which include
CORSIA sustainable aviation fuels and CORSIA lower carbon aviation fuels. You need to contact the Enrironment Agency if you wish to report on CEFs, as you will need to provide the
required information in a separate form and attach it to your Annual Emissions Report.

CORSIA Eligible Fuel

Reporting of CORSIA Eligible Fuel is governed by the SARPs Annex 16 Volume IV, and the Environmental Technical Manual by ICAO.  

The reporting of CORSIA Eligible Fuel for a given reporting year is recommended to be done along with the Emissions Reporting for that year.  

The operator must submit all the supporting evidence along with a furnished CORSIA Eligible Fuel Supplementary Information Template to their verifier in order to make a claim. 

The list of supporting documents required for a CORSIA Eligible Fuel Claim are: 
  • Processes and procedures related to the use of CORSIA Eligible Fuels shall be included in the approved Emissions Monitoring Plan (Section 5: Data Management, Part a) 
  • A declaration of all other GHG schemes the operator participates in where the emissions reductions from the use of CORSIA Eligible Fuels may be claimed, and a declaration that the operator has not made claims for the same batches of CORSIA Eligible Fuel under these other schemes 
  • Fully furnished CORSIA Eligible Fuel (EF) Form 
  • Purchase records/invoices for the full amount of SAF claimed 
  • Sale records/invoices for any SAF sold to third parties 
  • Sustainability Credentials/Proof of Sustainability which include at minimum the information required by the CORSIA Eligible Fuel form: 
    • SAF production details 
    • Conversion process details 
    • Life Cycle Emissions Values 
    • Certificate of Analysis of the blended fuel 
    • Any other information required by the CORSIA EF form 

All information about CORSIA Eligible Fuel can be found on ICAO's website.

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