SFW Takes Over ETSWAP Contract
23 April 2012
SFW will take over supplier responsibilities for the ETSWAP system
SFW has signed a contract with the Environment Agency and CDC Climat to take over supplier responsibilities for the ETSWAP system from CDC Climat. The framework contract for ETSWAP (Emissions Trading Scheme Workflow Automation Project), an EU ETS emission reporting system, was initially awarded to CDC Climat by the Environment Agency in June 2010.
ETSWAP automates the processes associated with reporting CO2 emissions data for aviation operators and stationary installations covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The web-based ETSWAP system supports compliance procedures for regulators and enables them to carry out their duties in a more efficient way.
The first module of ETSWAP for reporting aviation CO2 emissions was developed in 2010 for the Environment Agency by CDC Climat with SFW as key subcontractor. Subsequent modules have been added to the scope and functionality of the system to cover static installations, such as industrial works and power stations. Further developments are underway to ensure readiness for Phase 3 of the EU ETS which will commence in January 2013.
In December 2011, CDC Climat announced its intention to cease providing certain registry services and other software activities. It therefore wished to transfer the ETSWAP contract to an organisation that could provide ongoing delivery services and exploit the intellectual property. At its current level of development, the project no longer requires CDC Climat’s involvement. SFW, which has acted as CDC Climat’s key sub-contractor for the ETSWAP project, has agreed to take on full contractual responsibility under a novated agreement. This will ensure the Environment Agency will receive service continuity as per the terms of the original contract.
François Sit, head of CDC Climat Registries and Services Department said “CDC Climat is proud to have been involved in the ETSWAP project, which is proving to be a significant step forward in the way states manage their emissions. SFW has demonstrated its capability to deliver and it makes sense that it takes the prime contractor role."
Peter Hornsby, Director of SFW Ltd said “As the original system developer and with its continued focus on providing regulatory compliance systems within the context of the EU ETS, this is a logical move for SFW and ensures a seamless transition for all parties.”
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Notes to Editors
The ETSWAP system is intended for regulators that wish to streamline their compliance procedures, taking advantage of a unified system and processes, enabling them to carry out their duties at significantly reduced operational cost. It is currently used by the Environment Agency in the UK. It is designed to manage the processes for monitoring, reporting, accreditation and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1700 organisations including ground-based emitters in these countries and international airlines. Further modules are being developed in readiness for Phase 3 of the EU ETS which comes into effect on January 1st 2013.
Based on a specification originally developed by three collaborating EU countries, 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 public institution, Caisse des Dépôts.
The Regulations which provide the legal basis for the data collection under Phase 3 of the EU ETS are the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data and National Implementation Measures Regulations 2009 which can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2009/3130/contents/made
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, hosting and maintenance services including private cloud. 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. It is responsible for regulation of the EU ETS 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
About CDC Climat
CDC Climat is a subsidiary of French public institution Caisse des Dépôts. CDC Climat was launched in 2010 to tackle climate change. Its activities are fourfold: investment in carbon assets, shareholdings in eco-services companies, advisory services and research into climate change economics.
Further information at www.cdcclimat.com