SOURCE: Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.

January 26, 2011 15:52 ET

Universal Launches EU-ETS Aviation Emissions Reporting and Verification Solution

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) -  Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has launched a new European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) Emissions Reporting Portal service, combining online reporting tools and access to an accredited, experienced EU-ETS third party verifier. The new service offering was developed to help operators who already have an approved CO2 monitoring plan through their assigned Member States meet the EU's March 31, 2011, emissions reporting deadline for small emitters.

Operators who have not yet completed a monitoring plan can learn more about taking this first important step at Universal's free aviation EU-ETS Resource Center, www.EU-ETS.aero, which includes tools, how-to videos, sample reporting plans and completed reports, and more. 

The new subscription service enables users to catalog all reporting data for flights into, out of, and between EU Member States in a secure online portal and then electronically submit that information to CICS, Inc., Universal's accredited partner for streamlined verification.

"By combining reporting and verification, we are able to reduce costs for the small emitter," said Randy Stephens, Division Vice President, Product Management and Specialty Services. "Our reporting solution is specifically designed to already include the verification fee for submission to CICS along with full access to pre-populated flight planning data, reporting templates, and access to our EU-ETS experts within Universal's Global Regulatory Services Team -- all encompassed in one flat-rate fee of $3,000 per year."

"Through our relationship with CICS, we have gained a unique understanding of the requirements that verifiers want to see in a monitoring report and have designed our online portal accordingly," said Adam Hartley, Supervisor, Regulatory Services, Universal®. "This will help eliminate much of the back and forth that typically takes place when submitting a monitoring report to a verifier, saving our clients time and money."

The service automatically generates a view into a user's historical flight planning data stored for any trips flown into, out of, and between EU member states using Universal's full-service Trip Support Services, or for flight plans filed using Universal's online flight planning system, UVflightplanner.com(SM). Flights not coordinated by Universal® can be easily added to the portal as well.

"Whether you've used Universal® to coordinate all of your trips and your information is pre-populated, or you're adding data yourself, the portal was designed for ease of use," said Hartley. "Initial feedback has been positive, and one user completed his annual report and submitted it to CICS in less about 10 minutes. On average, I believe most operators can complete their reports in less than an hour annually. And by submitting your information via our secure portal, you eliminate the need to mail multiple documents to a verifier, plus you have the benefit of 24/7/365 customer support from Universal® should you have any questions."

In addition to the flight plan accessibility and functionality, a subscription to the EU-ETS Reporting Portal enables users to:

  • Run customizable emissions reports on demand, based on each users' unique reporting criteria and monitoring plan needs
  • Independently submit reports to accredited Universal partner CICS for seamless verification via the online portal, or download reports for independent submission to their own preferred third-party verifier
  • Leverage cost savings by combining report access and verification expenses, saving out-of-pocket expenses for separate reporting and verification solutions

Users can subscribe to the complete service or select only the services they need (monitoring only; monitoring, pre-verification, and verification) by signing up at Universal's dedicated EU-ETS information source, the EU-ETS Resource Center at www.EU-ETS.aero, or contacting Universal's Regulatory Services Team at Worldwide: (713) 378-2734 or N. America (866) 864-8415.

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