Colt International is now offering a “turnkey solution” for flight departments that must comply with the European Union emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS). The aviation fuel, flight support and insurance provider said its new Emission Reporting Program will ensure that operators comply with the March 31 deadline to submit verified 2010 emissions data.
The European Commission (EC) is set to approve a simplified process for so-called small emitters to calculate and report carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their aircraft as an alternative means of compliance with the new emissions trading scheme (ETS). The EC’s climate change committee has given its blessing to the new process and, following further scrutiny by the European Parliament, it is expected to be adopted by the EC this summer.
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.