Euro Aviation Emissions Plan Registration Beginning

Business Jet Traveler » June 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009 - 5:00am

Many U.S. business aircraft operators have been reacting with dismay to the news that they need to start registering now for the European emissions trading scheme (ETS), which takes effect in 2012. In fact, some U.S. operators have already received letters from UK officials asking them to provide a point of contact.

The ETS covers more than 10,000 companies in the energy and industrial sectors, which are responsible for one-half of the EU's emissions of carbon dioxide and 40 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions. The ETS mandates that large emitters of carbon dioxide emissions must monitor and report their carbon dioxide emissions. Each year, they must also return to the government an amount of emission allowances that is equivalent to their carbon dioxide emissions in that year.

Privately, UK officials acknowledged that they lack sufficient resources to deal with large numbers of operators, meaning registration deadlines could slip.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy