Changes to the EU Emissions Trading System extended to the EEA EFTA States

Published 30-04-2014
On 30 April 2014, the EEA EFTA States and the European Union adopted, by written procedure, a Joint Committee Decision incorporating a Regulation on the scope of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation until 2020.

In April 2013, the ETS Directive was amended as such to postpone the inclusion of international aviation in the scope of the Directive by one year (from 2012 to 2013).

On 16 April 2014, the EU adopted a Regulation to further postpone the inclusion of international aviation in the scope of the Directive by another four years (from 2013 to 2017), in order to support progress towards a global market-based mechanism to reduce emissions, in the aviation sector, within the framework of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. This new Regulation also reduces administrative burden by exempting very small non-commercial aircraft operators (emitting less than 1 000 tonnes CO2 per year) from the scope of the Directive and by introducing a simplified compliance procedure for small non-commercial aircraft operators (emitting less than 25 000 tonnes CO2 per year).

In order for the amended scope of the ETS to also apply to the EEA EFTA States, this Regulation had to be incorporated into the EEA Agreement by 30 April 2014. The EEA Joint Committee therefore decided to incorporate the new Regulation into the EEA Agreement by written procedure on 30 April 2014, with its decision entering into force that same day.

Provisional text of the EEA Joint Committee Decision.

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