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Understand and implement the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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Monitoring and reporting annual emissions

21 janvier 2014 (mis à jour le 3 mai 2016)

Before each monitoring period (31st August of the year before the emissions year), the aircraft operators have to submit to the DGAC an annual emissions monitoring plan explaining the processes put in place in order to calculate their emissions. This plan has to be approved by the French Competent Authority, the DGAC. You can check the list published by the European Commission to determine your administering Member State.

The annual emissions monitoring plan has to be updated before each new period. In case of substantial changes in procedures, the AEMP also may have to be updated within a period, and submitted to the Competent Authority for an approval of the update.

After each monitoring year, aircraft operators have to submit to their Competent Authority an annual emissions report before the 31st March of the following year. This report must be verified by an independent verifier before submission.

The monitoring plans and the reports must be completed using standard templates which can be found at the bottom of this page.
These documents have to be submitted to the following email address :

Or, failing that, by postal mail to the following address :
50 rue Henry Farman
75720 PARIS CEDEX 15

You can consider that your monitoring plan or report has been submitted successfully only if you receive a message from the EU ETS unit acknowledging receipt of your files.

For further questions or requests, do not hesitate to send an e-mail message to the aforementioned address.

Independent verifiers

 Before submitting its annual emissions report, an aircraft operator has firstly to have it verified by a verifier accredited according to the applicable French regulation. The exact role of the verifier is explained in this guidance document written by the European Commission (PDF - 1635 Kb).

The List of the accredited verifiers - 28-01-2016 enumerates all the companies accredited to verify reports.

Simplified procedures

For small non-commercial emitters who emit less than 25 000 tonnes of CO2 per year (less than 10 000 tonnes per year for 2012), or perform less than 243 flight during three consecutives four-month periods, a simplified method can be used to calculate their emissions.

This simplified method allows operators to fill up the monitoring plan more easily, and to use a useful calculation tool provided by Eurocontrol : the ETS Support Facility. This tool can pre populate the report template of the AO based on Eurocontrol’s flights data, and can be used for 2012 emissions reports. You can get more information about it at the following address :

The ETS Support Facility bases its calculation on a tool which estimates emissions using the flight distance and aircraft type : the Small Emitters’ Tool. It is the only tool approved by the Commission for this purpose, and can be used independently from the ETS Support Facility, also that involves more work from the operator. More information about it is given at the following address :

Using the simplified procedure also results in simplified verification process. The quick guide to verification of small emitters (PDF-363 Ko) published by the European Commission briefly explains the differences in verification depending on which tool you use. 


Liens utiles

List of the main official documents (Directives, Decisions, list of aircraft operators...) or pages you may find useful :

French legislation (in French) :

Specific to phase II (2012) :

Specific to phase III (2013-2020) :

European legislation :

Specific to phase II (2012) :

Specific to phase III (2013-2020) :

European Commission’s pages :

Eurocontrol :