GHG emissions trading directive amended to include aviation activities

Date: 5 February 2010 

The GHG emissions trading directive (2003/101/EC) was amended in November 2008 to include aviation activities in the scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the EU.  This new ‘Aviation’ Directive (2008/101/EC) came into force in Feb 09.

The Aviation Directive requires all (EU and non-EU) operators of fixed or rotary-wing aircraft over 5,700 kg (12,566 pounds) who fly to, from or within EU countries to participate in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme starting in 2012. 

Other compliance requirements for Aviation operators commenced in 2009 and so Aviation operators have submitted monitoring and reporting plans to the EPA. Verified emissions reports will need to be submitted to the EPA before the 31st March 2011. 

Full details of these requirements may be obtained from the EPA website. www.epa.ie

For this reason, INAB is currently considering applications for extension to scope in the aviation sector.  Please see our website for an application form. (ext to scope application)

For further information, please contact Bríd Burke.