EBAA Cites EC for Sloppy Emission Scheme Execution

 - September 8, 2009, 11:52 AM

Sweden and Italy belatedly have confirmed extensions to the August 31 deadline for operators to register for Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS). Italy is giving operators until September 30 to file plans for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions, while the Swedes have granted an extension to October 15. In theory, the August 31 deadline still applied in the other 23 European Union states, despite the fact that the European Commission published a revised list of affected operators only on August 22. Any operator on the EC list who does not meet the deadline(s) for registering MRV plans can be fined $8,000, with an additional $800 for each day that it is late in filing. However, according to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the national authorities implementing ETS on the EC’s behalf are not expected to impose these penalties due to the delay in publishing the list and operators’ difficulties in registering their MRV plans. Meanwhile, the EC has rejected a proposal to use Eurocontrol’s Pagoda air traffic data system as a tool for calculating aircraft emissions. Instead, a revised version of Pagoda dubbed the ETS support facility is being evaluated and is expected to be accepted as a calculation tool.