Switzerland draws up regulation to include international aviation in its ETS as it negotiates linkage with the EU ETS
[...] The linkage of the Swiss ETS and the EU ETS, however, is likely to have only a limited overall impact for most operators, said Julien Dufour, CEO of Paris-based VerifAvia, as most operators flying to Switzerland are already in the EU scheme and fly there on a marginal basis.
Those that will face a significant change, he said, are likely to be Swiss International Air Lines, which will have all its domestic and international flights to non-EU states included, and those Swiss commercial operators that are currently below the threshold or are operating domestic flights.
Dufour said it was not clear why the Swiss authorities were asking all operators to report TK data. "With the EU ETS, the purpose of reporting TK data is to apply for free allowances, which is optional," he explained. "Operators already in the EU ETS have already reported their TKs in 2010 on all flights between Switzerland and the EU/EEA states and have received their free allowances."
He is hopeful that for operators the rules applying to the Swiss ETS will be the same as for the EU ETS and the process of adding Switzerland will be the same as that applying to non-EU EEA states such as Croatia, which will join the EU ETS in 2014. [...]
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