The European Union’s new emissions trading requirements for aviation could be imposed on a much larger group of business aircraft than has been anticipated. According to the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), the European Commission (EC) intends to extend emission trading to all aircraft weighing more than 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds).
The European Commission (EC) definitely wants to include aviation in the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to cap the industry’s not-so-minor contribution to greenhouse effect gas emissions.
With fuel prices in a steep ascent, do airlines need further inducements from regulators to burn less jet-A? No, says the European Regions Airline Association in response to proposals to extend emissions trading to the air transport industry.
The UK intends to push for emissions trading for aviation when it heads the European Union for six months, beginning July 1. The UK told an EBACE audience in Geneva last month that the aviation community, including business aviation, must own up to its responsibilities. Operators flying older aircraft with higher emissions might need to buy emissions credits from those with more efficient aircraft.
Within a decade, aircraft operators flying in the airspace of the 25-state European Union (EU) will likely have to start paying for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from their engines.
Executive charter broker Flightplan has started making voluntary payments to offset the environmental impact of flights it books on behalf of clients.
The House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that would prohibit U.S.-based aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The House previously approved a similar bill last year. The new House measure, “The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act,” was based on a bill sponsored in the Senate by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). The bill now awaits President Obama’s signature.
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