Module 1 of the Emissions Trading Scheme Workflow Automation Project (ETSWAP) covers the aviation sector’s reporting of carbon emissions.

The system, developed by SFW and French based CDC Climat for the UK’s Environment Agency, covers the European Union’s 2008/101/CE directive, which come into force for aviation related emissions in 2012.

Backers of ETSWAP believe it is the first development of its kind and hope it sets the benchmark for the emissions trading market.

The module has so far let 600 aviation operators in the UK and 200 in Ireland to report on their 2010 emissions.

These reports will be used to set the benchmarks, and future entitlements, to carbon credits in 2012, the first full year of operation of the scheme.

UK Environment Agency national trading and regulatory services manager, Sue Stocks, said: “The ETSWAP system provides tangible benefits to both operators and regulators.

“The reporting and tracking features have proved their worth with regard to the reporting obligations of aviation operators by allowing us to identify hold-ups in the process resulting from operator’s inexperience and so allow us to provide timely assistance to help achieve compliance with legal obligations.”

SFW director, Peter Hornsby, said: “This project continues the successful partnership between SFW and CDC Climat in the delivery of systems to manage greenhouse gas emissions by operators and governments around the world and is an example not only of Anglo-French collaboration but also of a Government project which has been delivered on time and within budget.”

CDC Climat chairman, Pierre Ducret, said: “We are proud of this first delivery of ETSWAP to the UK and Irish competent authorities that have made the smart choice to pioneer a new generation of emission monitoring systems.”

Luke Walsh

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