Aviation within the EU Emissions Trading System

The co-legislators reached a deal on the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) as regards aviation, which foresees that the price on aviation carbon emissions will continue to apply only to flights within Europe. Flights travelling to or from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) will be covered by the United Nation’s CORSIA, an offsetting scheme that places a substantially lower price on emissions than the EU ETS. However, under the agreement, the European Commission must assess by 1 July 2026 whether the CORSIA system is an effective tool to cut global flight emissions. If the EU executive finds this is not the case, the European Commission will present a proposal to apply ETS to all flights departing from an airport located in the EEA. Flights to countries not applying CORSIA will also fall under the scope of the ETS from 2027.

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