Euro Aviation Emission Plan a Bureaucratic Mess

 - February 18, 2010, 11:43 AM

The European Commission’s latest list of operators subject to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) is still incomplete and inaccurate, according to companies that are trying to help operators comply with the new environmental requirement. The newest list was issued earlier this month but, according to Aaron Misko, president of Shockwave Aviation, there are still “hundreds” of aircraft that have been incorrectly assigned to the name of their flight-planning provider rather than to the actual operator. Misko told AIN that some operators have no idea why they are even on the ETS list because they make no flights into Europe and have no plans to do so. Another anomaly of the ETS registration process is that some national authorities are charging fees to have compliance plans approved but most are offering this “service” for free. Shockwave has also found wide variations in the time needed for national authorities to process ETS applications, with some taking less than two days and others up to four months. Additionally, approval is stalled for the so-called “commission-approved tool,” which is supposed to provide an easy way for small operators to calculate their emissions.