The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) continues to protest that there should be a de minimis level of activity before business aviation operators fall under the requirements of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), due to the disproportionate costs involved and despite their ability to use Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility (SF) for calculating fuel-use by so-called “small emitters.”
A provisional ruling from the advocate general of the European Court of Justice has denied an appeal led by the U.S. Air Transport Association (ATA) against the imposition of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) on air carriers from outside Europe.
The U.S. Transportation Department is considering a “range of options” to respond to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), according to the testimony of a high-level agency official before the House aviation subcommittee.
Lawyers acting for European Union states have begun their defense of the application of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) to non-European airlines in response to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Air Transport Association (ATA).
Hundreds of aircraft operators in Europe and around the world were scrambling last month to meet the March 31 deadline to complete the requirements for monitoring, reporting and verification of 2010 engine emissions under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
Operators failing to comply with their obligations under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) could be banned from taking off and landing at European airports. The measure is included in a draft regulation being prepared by the European Commission, which appears to be concerned that the threat of fines alone will not induce full compliance with the cap-and-trade program.
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.
Sweden and Italy belatedly have confirmed extensions to the August 31 deadline for operators to register for Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS). Italy is giving operators until September 30 to file plans for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions, while the Swedes have granted an extension to October 15.
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.
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.
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