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 General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), along with IBAC’s member associations, today announced they are teaming on an “aggressive strategy” to further mitigate the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. “Business aviation has established an excellent record of consistently improving fuel efficiency, delivering 40-percent improvement over the past 40 years,” the groups said.
A climate bill introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) differs from a similar bill narrowly passed by the House of Representatives in June in that it would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator to set greenhouse gas emission standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines.
Aviation is not alone in its suffering at the hands of the emissions-trading scheme, and it should try to see its way through the frustration to some positive outcomes. This is the perspective of Sebastian Gallehr, whose Germany-based Gallehr Sustainable Risk Management company has been helping other industries with the complexities of ETS for more than seven years.
Many anxious aircraft operators scrambled to keep the August 31 deadline for registering for Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) amid widespread confusion about the exact timetable for the process through which it will be implemented.
The implementation of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) has begun amid widespread confusion on the part of the aircraft operators who stand subject to it and the government bodies responsible for running it. August 31 was supposed to have been the deadline by which operators had to register their plans for monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) carbon dioxide emissions from their fleet.
The administrative burden of complying with the confusing requirements of Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) comes at a time when many operators are facing a severe downturn and revenue declines of as much as 30 to 40 percent.
Aircraft operators needing to register their plans for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions data under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are probably facing a revised deadline of around Nov. 8, 2009. The European Commission (EC) on August 22 officially published a long-awaited revised list of operators and the European Union (EU) member states to which they have been allocated for compliance purposes.
Aircraft operators needing to register their plans for the monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions data under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) are likely facing a revised deadline of around November 8. The European Commission (EC) is due to publish on August 22 a long-awaited revised list of operators and the European Union (EU) member state to which they have been allocated for compliance purposes.
Former NetJets Europe and Tag Aviation executive David Carlisle has set up his own company, ETS Aviation, to help aircraft operators comply with Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS). Working with partners to develop a two-pronged solution, he is offering specialist software to allow operators to calculate their emissions tally and an online process for getting their emissions reports verified independently as required under the ETS.