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Swiss Emission Trading Scheme linking with EU Emission Trading System

30/09/2020



On 01.01.2020, the linking agreement between the Swiss ETS and EU ETS came into force. Consequently, operators will need to report intra-EEA flights, Swiss domestic flights, and flights between Switzerland and the EEA through the “one-stop-shop” reporting via their Competent Authorities, meaning that they will be reaching compliance with both the Swiss ETS and the EU ETS through a single 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.

The new linked ETS will cover all flights already included in the EU ETS (i.e. all intra-EEA flights), as well as flights between EEA and Switzerland and Swiss domestic flights.

Strictly speaking, flights departing EEA and arriving in Switzerland will be accounted for in the EU ETS, together with the intra-EEA flights, while the Swiss domestic flights and Switzerland to EEA flights will be accounted for in the Swiss ETS. We will know more about the reporting implications of this distinction once the new reporting template is published. A draft of the new AER template is supposed to be available “very soon” – most likely in the coming weeks.

The Table below summarizes the distinction of coverage of flights under each of the systems.
 
One-stop shop for reaching compliance
Flights covered by EU ETS Flights covered by Swiss ETS
Intra-EEA flights Swiss domestic flights
Flights from the EEA to Switzerland Flights from Switzerland to the EEA
 
Both EU ETS and Swiss ETS aviation allowances can be used for meeting surrendering obligations of both systems through the one-stop-shop. This includes free allowances.

Qualified aircraft operators have already received additional free allowances that they were eligible for based on the expansion of the scope of EU ETS (to include EEA-Switzerland flights).

Similarly, any operators who were due a Swiss free allocation have been informed by the FOEN about the amount of their free allocation.

Click here to get more detailed information from FOEN.

If you have any questions about the linking agreement between the Swiss ETS and EU ETS, or have verification needs under either of the programs, our team of experienced auditors at VERIFAVIA is available to assist you and can be reached at corsia@verifavia.com.

Click here to refer complete Aircraft Operators Attribution List (Commission Regulation (EU) 2020_535)

Please find below the list of operators from Switzerland:
 
CRCO Identification no.  Operator Name  State of the Operator 
42395  CHAIR AIRLINES AG  SWITZERLAND
2850  EASYJET SWITZERLAND  SWITZERLAND
6101  EDELWEISS SUISSE SWITZERLAND
29471  EXECUJET EUROPE   SWITZERLAND
28448 HELVETIC AIRWAYS  SWITZERLAND
34415  Nomad Aviation SWITZERLAND
2638  SWISS AIR AMBULANCE SWITZERLAND
28494  SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES LTD  SWITZERLAND


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