Monitoring and reporting obligation
All aircraft operators covered by the EU ETS are required to have an approved monitoring plan for annual emissions by 1st January 2010. As two regulations came into force by January 1st 2013, all existing monitoring plans before their entry into force must be reviewed taking into account these new rules.
However following regulation 421/2014, and by way of derogation from Article 3g, aircraft operators shall not be required to submit monitoring plans setting out measures to monitor and report emissions in respect of flights which are subject to the following derogations:
- all emissions from flights to and from aerodromes located in countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in each calendar year from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016;
- all emissions from flights between an aerodrome located in an outermost region within the meaning of Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and an aerodrome located in another region of the EEA in each calendar year from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2016;
Concretely, aircraft operators operating only flights excluded from the EU ETS according to the Regulation 421/2014 are exempted from the obligation to submit monitoring plans for emissions. Aircraft operators operating flights excluded from the EU ETS according to the Regulation 421/2014 and operating flights included in the EU ETS should submit a monitoring plan only setting out measures to monitor and report emissions for the flights included.
Annual Emission Report
Each aircraft operator shall submit to the Walloon Air and Climate Agency an Annual Emissions Report (AEM report) by 2nd Thursday of March of the year following the emissions year through the web-based application ETSWAP. This emission report has to be verified by accredited verifiers according to ISO 14065 and Regulation 600/2012 of the Commission and whose accreditation scope contains activity group 12 as indentified in Annex I Regulation 600/2012. The following list provides links of National Accreditation Bodies websites where you can find accredited EU ETS verifiers in Europe.
By way of derogation from Articles 3g, 12, 15 and 18a, where an aircraft operator has total annual emissions lower than 25 000 tonnes CO2, its emissions shall be considered to be verified emissions if determined by using the small emitters tool populated by Eurocontrol with data from its ETS support facility.
To facilitate the generation of your Annual Emission Report you may use the ETS support facility of Eurocontrol. You can use these data to fill in your AEM report in the ETSWAP.
Any aircraft operator who does not submit an Annual Emission Report (AEM report) by the 2nd Thursday of March shall be held liable for the payment of a penalty of EUR 500 per working day. If the delay exceeds 20 working days, the penalty is set at a fixed amount of EUR 15,000. Until the submission of a verified declaration, the aircraft operator will not be allowed to sell, buy or exchanges any allowance on its Registry account.