EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)

EUROCONTROL has been working closely with the European Commission (EC) and EU States to support the introduction of the aviation element of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

Using our expertise, modelling and database capabilities, we provide the EC with:

  • information on which the EC bases its annual publication of the list associating aircraft operators with ETS administering States;
  • an estimate of the historical aviation emissions for the period 2004-2006, which the EC will take into account when publishing the aviation sector’s emissions cap within the scheme. A number of aircraft operators kindly provided historical fuel burn data to EUROCONTROL on a confidential basis to help us estimate the emissions for the period, and three user associations also kindly provided us with input to a methodology for estimating fuel burn from auxiliary power units.

This work has allowed us to develop a Small Emitters Tool (SET), a simplified fuel consumption estimation tool, that allows aircraft operators to estimate their fuel consumption on a flight by flight basis, and to develop an ETS Support Facility for States’ Competent Authorities, which went live on 15 January 2011.

A support function for aircraft operators is also available from 1 March 2011, namely the ETS Support Facility for Aircraft Operators. Overall, we expect that the facility will save money for both States and users, by reducing the cost of compliance with the legislation.