Commission requests swift decision on EU ETS suspension proposal as Obama passes prohibition bill
[...] Many non-European airlines and smaller aircraft operators will now believe they are off the hook but aviation emissions verifier VerifAvia estimates up to 80% of them will still have intra-EU/EFTA flights to report, although at a much smaller scale. CEO Julien Dufour said many non-EU airlines operate occasional flights within the EU/EFTA region that include unscheduled technical stops or triangular flights involving an intra-EU sector. Most non-European business jet and cargo operators that serve Europe are likely to find themselves still covered by the EU ETS, he added.
Dufour said operators will still have the option to report intercontinental flights if they wish to. "It may be that in certain cases, it would be more beneficial for an airline to continue to do so," he said. "For example, if the 2012 emissions on such flights are lower than the free allowances received in relation to the intercontinental flights operated in 2010, an airline will be better off not returning the free allowances, and continue to report the intercontinental flights."
The condition for not reporting intercontinental flights, added Dufour, is the return of free allowances that might have been allocated to the airline in relation to the reported 2010 tonne-kilometre data on intercontinental flights. [...]
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