Emissions Awareness – EU ETS

In an effort to reduce aviation carbon footprint, the EU Emissions Trading System was created as a major tool of the European Union in its efforts to meet emissions reductions targets now and into the future.

Our partner, FCC Aviation, a multilingual team of regulatory compliance specialists with more than 10 years of experience in compliance with aviation tax and emission regulations, explains the EU ETS best.

EU ETS stands for European Union Emissions Trading System. It is the world’s largest emissions trading system regulating around 40% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. It was set up in 2005 and, initially, only regulated greenhouse gas emissions from power stations and manufacturing plants. But since 2012, it also includes carbon emissions from aircraft movements. At first, participating aircraft operators had to report emissions from flights either landing at or departing from an airport situated in the European Economic Area (EEA). However, after mounting international pressure, the European Commission decided to limit the scope of the EU ETS to flights within the EEA only. Non-exempted aircraft operators have to monitor, go through a verification (if it cannot be waived) and report qualifying emissions to the regulator on an annual basis. On top of that, they have to acquire and surrender eligible emission allowances to offset all their emissions from intra-EEA flights.

Tobias Konik, Chief Executive, FCC Aviation

The EU ETS has been covering flights in the EU since 2012, with reforms to the scheme adopted in 2017, and introduction to a declining cap as of 2021. The trading approach helps to combat climate change in a cost-effective and economically efficient manner. As the first and largest emissions trading system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the EU ETS covers more than 11,000 power stations and industrial plants in 31 countries, and flights between airports of participating countries.

Over the past few years, Elit’Avia has been monitoring and operating all flights in accordance of these GHG-reducing schemes. All flights to/from or within the EEA (European Economic Area) will be monitored and reviewed by our Ground OPS and Compliance Specialists team, in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

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