Today another step was taken in the implementation of the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). As announced last November, the European Commission has partially activated the Union registry in order to allow airlines to open accounts from 30 January onwards.
Account requests and all supporting documentation will be verified by the relevant national administrator. Aircraft operators with an open account will be able to receive free allocation as determined by their administering Member State.
The partial activation for airlines is a first step towards the full activation of the Union Registry, which will not take place before June 2012. Until then, existing national registries remain operational, in particular for allocation and for the completion of compliance activities for stationary installations.