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Meet your obligations under the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation with SGS. Find out more about our verification services specifically designed for the aviation sector.

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From 2012, the aviation sector is involved in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). If you are operating flights to, from and within Europe, you will have to meet legislative requirements of the EU member state to which you have been assigned.

Compliance means using an approved methodology to monitor your tonne-kilometer and carbon dioxide emissions and submitting a verified report of your data.

Free allowances will be allocated, but only if you have submitted the appropriate baseline data. Failure to comply can be costly, as every tonne of carbon dioxide emitted above the free allocation will have to be purchased annually.

SGS is recognized as the global leader in the verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We work on hundreds of GHG emission reduction projects and GHG inventories every year, including over 450 installations in the EU. With this experience, we are uniquely placed to assist you in the verification of your tonne-kilometre and carbon dioxide emission reports.

We are also experienced in working with aviation operators and are members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). We were active participants in working groups on the inclusion of aviation in the EU ETS organized by the EU Commission, the European Accreditation forum (EA) and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

We have a split verification service – with an initial compliance assessment one year and final data verification the following year prior to reporting deadlines. This approach gives an early check of your internal systems and a warning of any areas for improvement. The data enables you to address any capacity issues and minimize the risk of non-allocation of free allowances.

With more than 200 experienced greenhouse gas assessors globally, we can tailor a verification team to meet your needs, including local assessors around the world to provide the highest level of service as well as minimize travel costs.

Call our verification teams today to find out more about EU ETS verification for the aviation sector.