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Temporary derogation from the EU emissions trading system directive

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en marzo 23, 2013

Temporary derogation from the EU emissions trading system directive

The Council and the European Parliament reach informal agreement on temporary derogation from the EU emissions trading system directive

The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council today endorsed the outcome of the informal discussions with the European Parliament on 12 March on the decision derogating temporarily from directive 2003/87/EC establishing the EU scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading, with a view to an agreement at first reading.

The text was negotiated in one trilogue meeting between the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. It still needs to be formally approved by the Parliament and adopted by the Council. It is expected that formal adoption will be completed before 30 April 2013.

The decision intends to reinforce the positive momentum within the International Civil Aviation Organisation towards a global market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the aviation sector.

The decision temporarily defers enforcement of the obligations of aircraft operators in respect of incoming and outgoing international flights under the EU emissions trading system for 2012. It will temporarily exempt airlines from the ETS requirement to report carbon emissions for flights between EU airports and third countries, and sanctions will not be imposed for failure to report.

The EU/ETS directive will continue to apply in full to intra-EU flights and flights between the EU and a number of closely connected areas and territories.

The decision is to apply from the date of its formal adoption.

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