Statutory guidance

EU ETS Phase III: guidance for aircraft operators

Guidance to help UK administered aircraft operators understand and meet their compliance obligations under the revised EU ETS Directive.


European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) Phase III: How to comply with the EU ETS for the period 2017 to 2020

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This guidance will help you meet your obligations under the UK Regulations and applicable European legislation.

It explains how to:

  • notify your regulator
  • make applications (including emissions plan applications)
  • comply with the conditions in your approved emissions plan

It’s divided into 5 sections:

  1. Do I have any obligations under the EU ETS in the UK?
  2. How do I apply for an emissions plan?
  3. I have an approved emissions plan, what do I need to do now?
  4. Things have changed, what do I do?
  5. I’m not happy with a decision, what should I do?
Published 23 December 2013
Last updated 6 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. This guidance replaces any previous guidance, and reflects the recent changes to requirements in the EU ETS Directive (as amended), and UK Regulations (2017). In summary, the key changes are: 1. Continuation of the reduced scope of aviation until 2023; 2. Introduction of a new threshold for simplified monitoring and reporting based on reduced scope emissions less than 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per year; and 3. Revised statutory reporting and surrender deadlines relating to the 2018 scheme year.
  2. Update to clarify that the reporting requirements for 2017 remain unchanged from what is stated in the guidance.
  3. This guidance replaces any previous guidance for the scheme years 2013 to 2016, and reflects the 2014 amendment to the EU ETS Directive.
  4. First published.