Annual Monitoring, Reporting and Verification

EU-ETS Roadmap to Success for aviation-emissions reporting


Stay on top of these milestones to ensure your compliance with EU-ETS.

Activities to completeTime frame
  • Operators over 1,000 T/CO2 Threshold (Full Scope) must purchase and surrender Carbon Allowances equal to their Intra-EU emissions
30 April 2018
  • Operators over 1,000 T/CO2 Threshold (Full Scope) must submit Annual Emissions Report to Member State
31 March 2018
  • Determine if you fall above or below the 1000 ton threshold for the 2017 reporting years. If you are below the 1000 tons per year, you are exempt from submitting a report
December 2017 – January 2018
  • If you presume to be near 1000 ton threshold, begin compiling applicable EUROCONTROL invoices or arrange for purchase of AE Report through Eurocontrol Small Emitter Support Facility.
  • Create a QA assessment validating your internal process (which demonstrates your EU-ETS processes are valid for producing accurate data)
  • Login to Universal’s EU-ETS Emissions Reporting Portal and validate Operator Information and Flight Data History
December 2017
  • Submit your amended monitoring plan to Competent Authority (if applicable)
October 2017

EU-ETS Monitoring and Reporting

After you have registered with the European Commission (EC) and have been assigned a Member State which administrates your program, you are ready to begin your annual emissions monitoring and reporting. Follow these steps below.


Annual aviation-emissions monitoring begins 1 January each calendar year for EU-ETS. Your report must be submitted to your Member State’s regulatory authority no later than 31 March of each calendar year.

Carbon credits to offset CO2 emissions are due by April 30th of the reporting year.

What do you need to do?

Begin tracking your required annual emissions data.
Identify affected trips based on arrival/destination ICAOs that fall within Member States/territories, and capture required datasets for your annual aviation-emissions reporting. See reporting template below.

Calculate your emissions data.
You have two options for the calculation of annual emissions. You can use either estimated fuel consumption using an EC-approved tool or you can use actual fuel consumption.

Universal recommends using the European Commission’s small emitters tool for estimated fuel consumption for any operator who qualifies. Before downloading this tool, please read through the guidance on small emitter thresholds.

European Commission’s small emitters tool (recommend option)

Compile your annual emissions report.

Complete the below template to store calculated CO2 emissions data for validation and annual reporting:

Blank EU-ETS annual emissions monitoring (AEM) report template (updated March 1, 2011) | XLS

View a sample completed form

Submit to your Member State.

Once you have received your completed report, submit it to your Member State no later than 31 March.

Note: Your Member State should have already provided you instructions for submission. If not, you should contact Universal Global Regulatory Services or your Member State for instructions.

Next steps

Once you have submitted your annual emissions report, you should receive a confirmation of receipt and approval from your Member State.

Need guidance with EU-ETS reporting?

For information on aviation-emissions reporting and any compliance issue, contact our Regulatory Services Team.
Call Worldwide +1 (713) 378-2734 or N. America +1 (866) 864-8415.

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