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F.A.Q. - Swiss ETS

1. Is the Swiss ETS a standalone scheme?

No, as of January 1 2020, the Swiss ETS is linked to the EU ETS.
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2. How will aircraft operators reach compliance with Swiss ETS?

With the goal of minimizing administrative burden for aircraft operators, and noting the linking of the Swiss ETS and the EU ETS, compliance with Swiss ETS will be reached together with compliance for EU ETS, through a “one-stop-shop” approach. All compliance processes and procedures will be handled via a single Competent authority (CA).
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3. Who is my Competent Authority?

Operators based in Switzerland have had their Competent Authority (CA) change to the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA). Competent Authorities remain unchanged for other operators.

Click “read more” to see a list of operators who will be administered by Switzerland.
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4. Is there an allocation of free allowances?

Swiss authorities have based the allocation of free allowances based on 2018 TKM data.
The allocation has now been completed, and FOEN has communicated the allocation of Swiss free allowances to all operators who were due one.
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5. Can EU ETS aviation allowances be used for meeting surrendering obligations in Swiss ETS?

Yes, both EU ETS and Swiss ETS aviation allowances can be used for meeting surrendering obligations of both programs through the “one-stop-shop”. This includes free allowances issued by either of the programs.
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6. Which flights are included in the Swiss ETS?

Swiss domestic flights and flights from Switzerland to the EEA will be accounted for in the Swiss ETS.

Note that due to linking of the Swiss ETS and the EU ETS, the scope of EU ETS was expanded to include flights from EEA to Switzerland, so the EU ETS will now cover intra-EEA flights and EEA-Switzerland flights. Click “read more” to see an overview of reportable flights under Swiss ETS and the EU ETS.
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7. How are flights subject to Swiss ETS going to be reported?

The European Commission has now issued an updated version of the EU ETS Annual emissions report (AER) template that facilitates Swiss ETS reporting together with EU ETS reporting. The new template is essentially the old template that has been expanded with Swiss ETS sections. Click "read more" for further information about the reporting and to access the new template
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8. How are emissions from Swiss flights reported in the Form Management System (FMS)?

Due to the linking, all flights between the EEA and Switzerland (both directions) subject to reporting and surrendering must be entered exclusively in the form “Carbon dioxide emissions in EU-ETS by aerodrome pair” from the reporting year 2020 onwards. Flights between Switzerland and non-EEA countries can still be reported voluntarily in the form “Carbon dioxide emissions under article 2 del. Regulation (EU 2019/1603) by aerodrome pair”.
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9. What is the deadline for compliance?

Since Swiss ETS will be administered through the “one-stop-shop”, the deadline will be the same as for the EU ETS (typically March 31).

For any questions on the Swiss ETS or its linking to the EU ETS, contact us at corsia@verifavia.com

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10. Frequently Asked Questions about UK ETS and EU ETS
Find below the link for the most frequently asked questions on the United Kingdom Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) Post-Brexit and EU ETS.
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