Universal enhances EU ETS data collection service for operators
Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. C8926) has enhanced the services available on its European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) resource center. The center offers calculators, sample reporting plans and how-to information. It also offers the ability to present the information to an accredited verifier with which Universal has a relationship in the format the verifier requires. The Houston-based trip support services provider says that it has seen increased activity on the portal as the deadline for ETS reporting for operators flying in Europe looms nearer.
Carbon monitoring and reporting for EU-ETS is now in its second year, and operators must submit their emissions reports by March 31, 2012. Randy Stephens, Universal Weather’s divisional v-p product management and specialty products, pointed out that although the U.S. government is opposed to the legislation, the scheme is presently compulsory. He said, “Operators must comply with the regulation and submit a verified annual emissions report by the deadline.” He added that Universal Weather has observed that one issue that has emerged has been slowness in submitting information.
This could potentially cause problems in the future, because a key issue for operators is that there are few certified verifiers. Universal Weather’s resource center is available for free, but paying subscribers can also collate their information and present it to a verifier of their choice. The company will be demonstrating the portal at its NBAA booth.