TAG Aviation is tapping its own experience of having to comply with the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) to provide support to other business aircraft operators in dealing with what remains a burdensome process. Through the new TAG ETS Solutions service, the Switzerland-based business aviation services group can provide a full turnkey package covering all requirements for monitoring, reporting and verifying carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as well as actually purchasing carbon credits, which operators will have to do from April 2013.
The cost of the full turnkey package will be approximately $5,500 per year, but operators can opt to pay less to have only particular aspects of the process handled by TAG staff. Company CEO Robert Wells told AIN that TAG ETS Solutions will be particularly beneficial to operators based outside Europe, for whom compliance is especially awkward and confusing. Dave Weil, who is helping TAG to market the service in the U.S., asserts that the new support package will be a more cost-effective approach even for charter operators and corporate flight departments that have already started the compliance process.