ETS Aviation has teamed up with software provider Aerobytes to deliver an online solution aimed at saving airlines time and effort when collecting the emissions data required by the European Commission.
Aviation will be included in the EU's emissions-trading scheme from 2012. Under EU legislation, airlines are required to submit their tonne-per-kilometre emissions data, along with an emissions report for 2010, by the end of March 2011.
The data first has to be independently verified. The system developed by ETS Aviation and Aerobytes enables airlines to collect and store the required information automatically and then submit that data to the 'Aviation Footprinter' online system, which offers pre-verification support.
"Aviation Footprinter is custom-made to harvest and manage data to minimise error, maximise accuracy and enable airlines to store all their emissions data in one place," ETS Aviation chief executive David Carlisle tells ATI.
"Our vision is that gradually, as verification bodies become familiar with the airline business, they'll see the advantage of being able to remotely access and verify data."
ETS Aviation has signed up Eurocypria as a customer for the Aviation Footprinter system and is in "final negotiations with a number of other airlines", says Carlisle. The company is "talking to major US carriers, one of which is a big-name carrier", he adds.
The US Air Transport Association and three of its members - American, Continental and United Airlines - have filed a lawsuit challenging the inclusion of non-EU carriers in the EU trading scheme. The challenge is due to be heard at the European Court of Justice, although no date has yet been given.
Carlisle says the importance of submitting accurate emissions data cannot be underestimated because of the potential to secure free carbon credits: "Companies which have not prepared adequately could face lengthy and costly verifications or lose out on significant benefits of free carbon credits."