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Committed to Curbing our Carbon Footprint

The global Business Aviation operating and manufacturing communities have announced an aggressive strategy to further mitigate the industry's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Developed jointly by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and its Member Associations, the programme is consistent with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) proposal for global aviation sectoral management of targets and monitoring of emissions.

Business Aviation has established an excellent record of consistently improving fuel efficiency, delivering 40 per cent improvement over the past 40 years. Business aviation's worldwide carbon emissions are approximately 2% of all aviation and 0.04% of global man-made carbon emissions. 

Despite this excellent record, the Business Aviation community has pledged to do even more by committing to the following specific targets:
  • Carbon-neutral growth by 2020;
  • An improvement in fuel efficiency of an average of 2% per year from today until 2020; and,
  • A reduction in total carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 relative to 2005

These aggressive targets are largely based on advancements in four areas: technology, infrastructure and operational improvements, alternative fuels, and market based measures.

The EUROCONTROL ETS Support Facility

In co-ordination with the Competent Authorities (CAs) of the EU Member States, EUROCONTROL has developed and established a central Emission Trading Scheme Support Facility (ETS SF).

The Support Facility provides ETS relevant information and data in order to assist aircraft operators in meeting their regulatory obligations under the EU ETS.

The support consists of a draft Annual Emissions Report (AER) and associated flight data information provided by email. A subscription fee of €400 per year of traffic is requested to obtain the flight data.

If your ‘full scope’ CO2 emissions are below 25,000 tonnes during the 2013 and/or 2014 Scheme Year(s), you have the option to use the data from the Support Facility rather than having your emissions verified by an independent verifier.

The EBAA encourages Members to use this facility as a cheaper and simpler way to report emissions.

For more information click here.

Further Reading

We encourage you to download copies of the following:

Working Group for Environment

Contact Person:
Mr. Gabriel Destremaut, Manager, Political Affairs