With less than four months to go before the March 31 deadline for aircraft operators to submit independently verified emissions reports for the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), there is still widespread confusion as to how the verification process will work for many in the business aviation sector.
After years of hair-splitting debate and tactical vacillation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) finally has agreed to what it characterized as the first global approach to reducing air transport’s effect on climate change.
Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) is not much more than a year away, with a mandatory introduction date of January 1, 2012, for all operators making even the shortest flights into the continent’s airspace, and yet there is still widespread confusion about how key aspects of the system will work.
Eurocontrol has released its so-called smaller emitters tool for calculating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the purposes of compliance with Europe's emissions trading scheme (ETS) even though the agency has yet to complete formal negotiations with member state Ukraine, which has been holding out from approving the program since May.
Airlines that will be subject to Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) beginning in January 2012 should start verifying their recorded emissions for 2010 as early as next month, according to ETS experts. Even though emissions reports covering 2010 do not need to be submitted to European Union member state authorities until the end of March 2011, this first-time verification process could prove tricky.
There is no silver bullet for reducing the effect of business aviation on the environment, most industry analysts agree, but the combination of new technology–such as engines and airframe components–improved ATC techniques and biofuels promises to dramatically reduce business aviation's carbon footprint.
Smaller European airlines have been warned that inaccurate monitoring of aircraft emissions data could cost them €1 million ($1.23 million) over the first reporting cycle for the new emissions trading scheme (ETS), spanning 2012 to 2020.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is concerned with the “broad framework” of the American Power Act, a bill introduced earlier this month by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
The long-term costs associated with environmental legislation could be “detrimental” to the business aviation community, according to Bob Shuter, chairman of IBAC’s environmental issues work group, and a member of Tuesday’s panel session, “Aviation and the Environment, Where Now?”
A study of pollution generated by aircraft at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) has galvanized residents around the airport who have been fighting for many years to curtail aircraft operations and possibly given them new ammunition in their battle.