Europe’s emission trading scheme (ETS) takes effect in 2012, but operators need to have an approved monitoring plan by the end of this year to participate in pre-compliance monitoring in 2010 and 2011. EBACE Convention News asked EBAA president and CEO Brian Humphries about how the new rules will affect European operators:
Worried that some small operators have not considered the ramifications of the European Union emissions-trading scheme (ETS), the European Regions Airline Association is moving to raise awareness. As the industry prepares for integration of air transport into the ETS in 2012, airlines have only until next June to claim free carbon allowances.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers participating in the Aviation and Environment Summit held in Geneva this spring pledged to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. The 200-plus signatories of the protocol aim to preempt emission control regulation planned by governments and supranational organizations, which could encumber aircraft operators in the near future.
According to the European Union’s CO2 emission trading scheme (ETS), each affected facility is allotted a certain number of CO2 emission permits, based on its past emissions. For example, if a facility emitted an average of 100,000 tons per year during a given period, it will be allotted (on a free basis) 90,000 tons per year for the next four years.
The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) last month called on European Union member states to include an open carbon trading system for aviation within the existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) market. At the association’s annual general meeting in Brussels, IACA members asserted that the current design–drafted by the European Parliament–would damage the aviation sector beyond repair.
The UK intends to push for carbon dioxide emission trading for aviation while it holds the office of presidency of the European Union for six months, beginning July 1. Jill Adam of the UK’s DOT told a business aviation convention last month in Geneva that the aviation community, including business aviation, must own up to its responsibilities. “In other words, the polluter pays,” she said.
Within a decade, operators of aircraft with an mtow of 19,000 pounds or more and flying in the airspace of the 25-state European Union (EU) will likely have to start paying for carbon dioxide emissions from their engines.
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.
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