Getting started with EU-ETS

Registering for EU-ETS

Before reporting for EU-ETS, you will need to register with the European Commission (EC) to be assigned a Member State which administrates your program. Follow these steps below.

Apply for/confirm your EU Member State

What is an EU Member State and how does it relate to your operation?

A Member State of the European Union is any one of the sovereign states that have acceded to the European Union (EU). All operators are assigned a specific EU Member State as their regulatory authority within EU-ETS.

When will you be required to apply for/confirm a Member State?

Within 8 weeks after your first applicable trip to an EU-ETS participating country.

EU Member States:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia (as of July 1, 2013), Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

EFTA (European Free Trade Agreement) Countries:
Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway

EU Outlying Territories:
Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Reunion, The Azores, Madeira, The Canary Islands, Aland Islands, Saint Martin (French), Akrotiri and Dhekelia

What do you need to do?

Identify if you have already been assigned a Member State

If your flight department has not yet taken any action in regard to EU-ETS, your first step is to identify if you have already be assigned to an EU Member State. Your assigned Member State has a Competent Authority to which you will regularly report emissions.

Operator List 11 | European Commission’s Web site (May 2019)

Complete history of Operator Lists and Prior Compliance Lists released by the European Commission

The following lists are provided for historical reference only. To identify your current Member State assignment, please refer to the latest version list(s) provided above.

Notes: Prior Compliance lists show those NEW operators who have been assigned a member state. Operator Lists are comprehensive lists of all operators and their member state assignment.

Are you already on the list above?

If you’ve already identified your Member State, contact its competent authority to get details about its specific monitoring plans submission process.

Contact Information for Member States | PDF | updated March 16, 2018

If you are already on the list, proceed to this step.

Not on the list?

If you cannot identify your aircraft on any Member State list, you must submit a Fleet List form to the European Commission to be assigned to Member State. To do this:

Next steps

The European Commission will publish an updated Operator List each February on its Web site. Prior to February, the Commission publishes a Prior Compliance List at irregular intervals which specifies new operators being added to the upcoming official Operator List. Check back here for the latest version.

Important to note

Until your company’s name is shown in writing on the Operator List, you are not held accountable to any Member State’s deadlines. Do not submit your monitoring plans until you have been designated to a Member State.

Submit your monitoring plans to EU Member State

What monitoring plans must I submit?

Once you have received confirmation of the EU Member State to which you are assigned (see Step 1), you are required to submit the following:

  • Annual emission-monitoring plan (required)
  • Data-flow chart (required; Emission-monitoring-plan-process flow chart)
  • Tonne-Kilometre monitoring plan (optional)


You must do this within 8 weeks of being assigned a Member State.

What do you need to do?

Contact your EU Member State for procedure and set a timeline for submission

Contact Information for Member States | PDF

Your Member State will advise you on process for submitting your plan for approval.

Complete the required annual emissions monitoring plan and data flow chart

Additional assistance in creation of monitoring plans is available through Universal Global Regulatory Service. Contact us for more information.

Important to note

  • A monitoring plan submission fee applies (varies by Member State).
  • Beginning with your first applicable trip to an EU-ETS participating country, you should begin monitoring and recording your EU-ETS required data.

Submit plans per the process outlined by your EU Member State

As process varies from country to country, please contact your Member State for more information.

Contact Information for Member States | PDF

Next steps

Once you submit your plans, a reviewer from your EU Member State’s environmental authority will contact you to confirm receipt. The reviewer will provide feedback on your submitted plan and advise of any required changes.

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Need help understanding EU-ETS?

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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