Aviation in the ETS

Aviation in the ETS

Aviation in the ETS

From 2012, airlines are included in the EU Emission Trading Scheme. Although the original intention was to cover emissions from flights that take off or land at airports in the European Economic Area (EEA, EU member states, plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) but in 2013 the scope was temporarily reduced to cover only intra-European flights until 2016, in order to allow for a global agreement to be reached at ICAO. This temporary reduction in the scope of the regulation was known as "Stop the Clock". 

In February 2017 the European Commission proposed that the reduced scope should be continued until the end of 2020 and in December 2017 European Institutions agreed to continue with this intra EEA scope until 2023.  However, the European Commission will undertake a review once there is more certainty about the nature and content of CORSIA scheme and the steps taken by third countries for its implementation. 

Based on the approved regulations, aircraft operators will receive the same number of allowances as they did in 2016 for every year between 2017 and 2020. In the absence of a revision, the number of free allowances will be reduced every year starting in 2021 in line with the linear reduction factor (2.2%) applicable to all other sectors in the EU ETS.

The way in which aviation will be integrated into ETS after 2020 and its potential interaction with CORSIA is still quite uncertain. (i.e: intra EEA flights). If you need help making sense of this landscape of uncertain, always changing regulations, and to comply with your obligations at low cost and without taking undue risk, we can help you.

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Falguera, Marc - ES
Bujacz, Tomasz - PL
Wilamowski, Bartosz - PL
Verger, Guillaume - FR
José M. García Berrendero - ES, PT
Abajas, Africa - Aviation
Gordziel, Christian - DE
Härmatis, Alexandra - SE, NO, DK

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