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.
Aircraft operators who will be subject to Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) beginning Jan. 1, 2012, need to start preparing now to be part of this complex process. Pre-compliance emissions monitoring will be conducted for flights in 2010 and 2011 and to be part of this phase operators need to submit a monitoring plan likely by November and have it approved by year-end.
Although the House removed from H.R.2454, the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (ACES), a provision that would have set carbon emissions standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines, business aviation advocates are worried about the law’s impact on their operations.
The UK government is pushing back the August 31 deadline for aircraft operators to register for the European Union’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) and to file a plan for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of their carbon emissions. According to the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), the revised deadline is likely to be around mid-November this year.
The UK government is delaying the August 31 deadline for aircraft operators to register for the European Union’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) and to file a plan for the monitoring, reporting and verification of their carbon emissions. According to the British Business and General Aviation Association, the revised deadline is likely to be around mid-November, but this won’t be confirmed until next week.
A last-minute revision to legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday removed a requirement to set new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards for aircraft, potentially saving the U.S. commercial and business aviation industry billions of dollars between now and 2050. H.R.2454 would have called for business aviation’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to be cut by one third as early as 2012 and by 90 percent by 2050.
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Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is warning that the proposed cap-and-trade legislation intended to reduce CO2 emissions could have serious effects on the business aviation industry, and as early as 2012. Under proposed H.R.2454, the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions to 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2050, with intermediate goals of 97 percent in 2012, 80 percent in 2020 and 58 percent in 2030.
With the House Energy and Commerce Committee mulling its 900-plus-page climate change bill, the Helicopter Association International is warning operators that they could ultimately find themselves facing a stiff carbon tax.