Commission: Draft Directive to Bring Air Transport into EU Emissions Trading Scheme

The European Commission on 20 December 2009 proposed to amend Directive 2003/87/EC to include international air transport in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

The proposed directive intends to cover emissions from aviation within the EU from 2011 and all flights to and from EU airports from 2012. Both EU and foreign aircraft operators would be covered.

The total number of emission allowances available for aviation shall be capped at the average emissions level in 2004-2006. Some allowances shall be auctioned by Member States. The majority is to be be issued for free on the basis of a harmonised efficiency benchmark reflecting each operator’s historical share of traffic.

Very light aircraft shall be excluded. Each operator shall be administered by only one Member State.

Sources: Press Release European Commission and Proposal.

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