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Aviation/ETS: Update of the aircraft operators list

Airplane in flight at dusk © Stockbyte/John Foxx

The Commission has updated the list of aircraft operators covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The list was published today in the Official Journal L34 of 10 February 2015.

This annual update provides information on which Member State regulates a particular operator if it comes under the scope of the EU ETS. Only around 600 aircraft operators are covered by the system in 2013-2016. These are mostly commercial aircraft operators, as all non-commercial aircraft operators emitting less than 1 000 tonnes CO2 have been temporarily exempted by Regulation No. 421/2014.

The allocations of free allowances to these around 600 operators have been published on Member States’ websites.

Emissions from these operators are estimated to have amounted to around 55 million tonnes of CO2 in 2013. The next steps under EU legislation are for these operators to report their emissions from intra-European activities during 2013 and 2014, by the end of March 2015.