Aircraft operators flying into and out of Switzerland from the EU and domestically in Switzerland are required to deliver the first data for the country’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) by the end of this month. With the deadline fast approaching, many business aviation operators might not be aware that the new scheme came into force on July 1, with data acquisition taking place from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. It is being administered by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).
Switzerland and the EU are seeking to link their respective emissions trading systems, but until an agreement is reached and enters into force, the two systems will run in parallel. This means operators will have to deal with two “competent authorities”—the Swiss FOEN and their current competent authority for EU-ETS.
Participating operators must submit metric ton-kilometer monitoring plans to FOEN by September 30; monitor distance and payload information for qualifying flights in 2018 in accordance with the approved monitoring plan and the “Swiss Ordinance” directive; and submit a verified monitoring report for 2018 to FOEN by March 31, 2019.
The metric ton-kilometer data collected will serve as a basis for the allocation of free emission allowances and will also be used to determine the system-wide emissions cap. Operators failing to submit a plan may face a fixed penalty of up to 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,000), according to FOEN.
Flights to and from points outside the EU are not included in the EU-ETS or new Swiss ETS—the former because of the “stop the clock” provisions that have now been extended to coincide with the introduction of the ICAO’s international CORSIA scheme in 2020.
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