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SFW delivers second module of emission reporting system for EU ETS

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SFW delivers second module of emission reporting system for EU ETS


All UK emitters in the EU ETS now use an advanced online system to report emissions data


Woking, 13th February 2012 – SFW today announced it has delivered Module 2 of the Emissions Trading Scheme Workflow Automation Project (ETSWAP) to the Environment Agency (EA).


Module 2 of ETSWAP automates the processes associated with reporting CO2 emissions data for stationary installations covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) such as industrial works and power stations. It was delivered by SFW in December, ready for the critical reporting period from January to the end of March deadline when operators will need to submit reports of all their carbon dioxide emissions in 2011.


The first module of ETSWAP was delivered by SFW over a year ago so that aviation operators could report data on the tonne-kilometres flown during 2010 by a March 2011 deadline. This allowed the Environment Agency to calculate the free emissions credits that will be allocated to airlines for 2012, the first year they will be covered by the emissions trading scheme.


The Environment Agency procured ETSWAP on behalf of all UK regulators of the EU ETS, including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). The web-based ETSWAP system supports compliance procedures for regulators and enables them to carry out their duties in a more effective way.  ETSWAP will be made available for purchase by other agencies in Europe who currently rely on other approaches such as spreadsheets which are sent by email between hundreds of operators and regulators.


Sue Stocks, National Trading and Regulatory Services Manager at the Environment Agency said, “It is very important for the EA to have reliable systems in place to help us manage the complex communication and workflows required to ensure all parties comply with the EU ETS. This is especially true now 600 aviation operators have been added to the 700 stationary emitters already covered by the scheme in the UK.  Many of these aviation operators are distributed in different time zones around the world: ETSWAP enables us to communicate with them effectively. I am very pleased that we have ETSWAP in place to support our work over the forthcoming reporting period.”


Peter Hornsby, Director of SFW said “We are proud that all airlines and stationary emitters of CO2 covered by the EU ETS in the UK are now using systems developed by SFW to submit and verify their emissions data.”




The ETSWAP system is intended for regulators who wish to streamline their compliance procedures, taking advantage of a unified system and processes, and consequently enabling them to carry out their duties at significantly reduced operational cost.  Further modules are expected to be used to cover other groups of emitters, for instance transport and marine operations, as they are added to the EU ETS.


Based on a specification originally developed by three EU countries working collaboratively, the system was commissioned by the UK Environment Agency (EA). It was developed by SFW Ltd, an IT systems and services company based in Woking, in partnership with CDC Climat, a wholly owned subsidiary of French Bank, Caisse des Depots.


About SFW

SFW Ltd is an IT systems and services company based in Woking, Surrey. SFW delivers climate change IT systems and services to public and private sector organisations. It is the IT partner responsible for supporting and maintaining several systems which support the EU ETS including the Greta and Seringas Registries, the Registry Electronic Interface (REI) and ETSWAP, the workflow system used by the UK Environment Agency for monitoring, reporting and verification of emissions by the aviation sector.


SFW offers consultancy, software development, systems support, and maintenance services. SFW understands the complexities and challenges of implementing climate change solutions, and has the ability to deliver streamlined emissions management, registry and connectivity solutions.


For more information about how SFW can help organisations use IT to drive value, return on investment and optimise performance, visit www.sfwltd.co.uk


About The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency (the EA) is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) and resides under the sponsorship of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the National Assembly for Wales (NAW). It is the leading public body responsible for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales.


The EA is structured into 7 regions and 21 areas. Further information on the Agency and its activities can be obtained from www.environment-agency.gov.uk


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