UK Aircraft Operator Holding Accounts

The UK Environment Agency has sent a letter dated 27 February 2013 to Aircraft Operators reporting to the UK that have yet to open an Aircraft Operator Holding Account.  The letter is an urgent reminder that an AOHA needs to be opened in order for Aircraft Operators to surrender sufficient emissions allowances to cover their 2012 Verified Emissions in the Union Registry by 30th April 2013.

The letter states:

“Dear Aircraft Operator,

Please be advised that as you have had Intra–EU flights during 2012 you are still required to open an Aircraft Operator Holding Account in the UK section of the Union Registry.

It is a matter of urgency that you now open your registry account now to enable you to fulfil your compliance obligations relating to your 2012 emissions.

Your compliance obligations in the Union Registry are as follows and failure to complete the below actions may result in significant civil penalties:

  • In ETSWAP - Enter your 2012 emissions by 31st March 2013, the emissions figure will need to be verified by your Verifier by 31st March 2013. (Note, as in previous years you will also need to submit a verified Annual Emissions Report for 2012 via ETSWAP).
  • In the Union Registry – Enter your 2012 emissions by 31st March 2013, this figure will also need to be verified in the Union Registry by your Verifier by 31st March 2013. You must appoint a verifier to your account before you are able to enter your emissions figure
  • In the Union Registry - Surrender sufficient (Phase 2) allowances to cover your 2012 Verified Emissions in the Union Registry by 30th April 2013
  • Failure to do so may result in a civil penalty of 100 Euros per tonne of carbon dioxide
  • Failure to open an account in the Union Registry by end March 2013 will result in you losing your Phase 2 free allowance allocation (if applicable) – as Phase 2 allowances cannot be allocated to you after 30 April 2013.

  • The process of opening an Aircraft Operator Holding Account from application to activation can take several weeks to complete due to the nature of documents that need to be collected and submitted. The attached guides provide information on what you need to do to open an account.

    Therefore, please make an urgent online application for an Aircraft Operator Holding Account in the UK section of the Union Registry and submit the required identification documentation to the UK National Administrator.

    You now have the option of appointing an external consultant or a management company to open the registry account, and manage the process of reporting / surrendering allowances on your behalf.

    If you need any further assistance in completing your online application, or to clarify what identification documents are required, or have any other queries regarding the registry please contact our UK Registry team at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Phil Brookfield
    UK Registry Manager
    National Administrator - Environment Agency - UK”

    Download the letter here

     

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