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Swiss Emission Trading Scheme linking with EU Emission Trading System


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.

One-stop-shop: Aircraft operators whose flights fall under both emissions trading systems will be administered by only one state. This means that all previous IT systems or communication channels are retained and the duplication of work is avoided. Emission reports or monitoring plans need only be submitted to one authority and allowances to be surrendered in one registry. The allocation of emissions and allowances to the two emissions trading systems is carried out by the competent authority

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
Reporting of flights subject to Swiss (CH) ETS:

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, and can be downloaded here.

The most important feature of the new template is that, in most of the sections, operators will need to make a distinction whether flights should be reported under EU ETS or the Swiss ETS. With that in mind, and unless explicitly stated otherwise, flights departing the EEA and arriving in Switzerland shall be reported in the EU ETS sections of the AER, while Swiss domestic flights and flights departing from Switzerland and arriving to EEA shall be reported in the Swiss ETS sections of the AER.

Additionally, it is worth noting that in section 9 of the AER, operators will need to identify whether a specific aircraft was used on flights subject to EU ETS, Swiss ETS, and/or CORSIA.

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 
34415  Nomad Aviation SWITZERLAND

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