Although the intentions were good, in reality rolling out the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS)–considered a cornerstone of the European Union’s policy to combat climate change and the key tool for reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective manner–to international aviation has backfired spectacularly.
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Despite an apparent historic consensus at the ICAO Triennial Assembly in Montreal in early October to develop a global market-based mechanism for managing aircraft emissions, the European Commission (EC) has pressed ahead with plans to implement its emissions trading scheme (ETS) in the meantime.
The system for monitoring aircraft noise at Boston Logan International Airport and Hanscom Field is being upgraded to provide near real-time flight-tracking data on the web to the public so they can use the technology to report aircraft noise complaints online. The system consists of 36 field monitors–30 in the communities around Logan Airport and six around Hanscom Field.
Shell has developed a lead-free replacement for 100LL avgas that will now begin going through the regulatory approvals process at the FAA and EASA, as well as the American Society for Testing and Materials. The company’s new formulation comes after 10 years of “exhaustive” research and development, as well as successful initial testing carried out in the last two months by Lycoming and Piper Aircraft. Its new fuel meets all key avgas properties and has an octane exceeding 100.
The European Commission is proposing amendments to its existing emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) that would confirm the continued exemption from the cap-and-trade system for flights outside the airspace of the 28 European Union member states, as well as European economic area states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
NBAA, GAMA and other aviation alphabet groups are backing the general principles of an aircraft-emissions policy accepted by 185 ICAO member states on Friday at a triennial meeting in Montreal. These principles are now being handed over to ICAO working groups, whose work product will be proposed for adoption in 2016 at the next triennial meeting. If adopted, the resulting document would be implemented in 2020.
All aviation eyes were turned toward Montreal early this month as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) tries to get its arms around a worldwide plan to control jet aircraft emissions.
The big question is whether ICAO’s 191 member states can agree on a plan to curb emissions to the satisfaction of the European Union (EU), which has unilaterally crafted its own emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would capture not only EU aircraft, but also airplanes flying into, out of and through the 28 EU member states.
NBAA and its European counterpart, EBAA, have welcomed signs that a proposal under consideration at ICAO might lead to a global compromise solution to addressing aircraft carbon emissions. The measure is expected to be ratified this week at the 38th ICAO Assembly, which opened today in Montreal.
Jet Aviation added the 101st client for its European Union Emissions Trading System (EU-ETS) management support services. Since the EU-ETS trading phase started earlier this year, Jet Aviation began offering EU-ETS management support services to help its customers seamlessly comply with the regulations and avoid non-compliance fees. “Our turnkey compliance solution is particularly helpful to small operators who don’t have in-house staff to ensure they are complying with the EU-ETS requirements,” said Matthias Gruber, manager of Jet Aviation’s EU-ETS services.
The Solar Impulse completed its coast-to-coast U.S. tour on Saturday when it landed at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The electrically powered aircraft flew the 267-mile final leg from Washington’s Dulles International Airport in little more than 18 hours. The tour, which kicked off at the beginning of May, represents the last flights for the aircraft. It will be replaced by a more capable version that will attempt a global circumnavigation in 2015.
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