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.
European Business Aviation Association
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.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano chose a general aviation event–EAA’s AirVenture– to unveil a streamlined process for business aviation users to obtain international waivers for flights into the U.S., as well as an expanded version of a national security campaign.
Eurocontrol’s ETS Support Facility has still not been definitively confirmed as an option for operators to meet their obligations to monitor, report and verify carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is conducting a Web-based survey on flight-time limitations, the data from which will be used to help develop a tailored business aviation regulation for EU pilots. Business aviation operations have been covered by the same regulation applied to the airlines, but in June 2012 a new aviation safety regulation will take effect in Europe, meaning input from the bizav community is essential.
Eurocontrol’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) support facility has still not been definitively confirmed as an option for operators to meet their obligations to monitor, report and verify carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the ETS.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is tackling the process to implement new rules for operations in Europe in April 2012. Business aviation is involved in the rulemaking, notably through review groups. EASA-OPS will replace current EU-OPS, JAR-OPS and national rules.
On the opening day of Ebace 2010, EBAA and NBAA delivered 2010 European Business Aviation Awards to Elie Zelouf, senior vice president of Jet Aviation, and officials at Aéroports de Paris. According to NBAA, “This year’s award recipients have both demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing the business aviation industry.
Is the business aviation industry out of the bog, or is it still slogging through the mire toward higher economic ground? Judging by the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) last month (see report on page 28), a recovery is already on firmer terrain.
How much of that interest will translate into money changing hands? Many at the show were hopeful, and in a few cases the bottom line was being fed.
Eurocontrol appears to be close to finally approving the funding and development of its ETS Support Facility, which would give business aircraft operators a relatively cost-effective way of meeting their obligations to monitor, report and verify carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).