Free Allocation

Original allocations of free allowances

Based on the European Commission's Decision in 2011 on the benchmark allocation of free allowances to aircraft operators, the number of free allowances was calculated for each of the operators that are administered by Denmark. There is only awarded free allowances to aircraft operators who perform flights covered by the EU ETS, and who submitted the verified tonne-kilometre data for 2010.

Issuance of allowances takes place February 28th each year. Only operators performing aviation activities covered by Annex 1 of the EU ETS-Directive will be issued allowances.

Download the original list of free allocation of aviation allowances  

The European Commission's Decision of 26 September 2011

Adjustments to the original allocations

In July 2013 adjustments have been undertaken concerning 2012 allocations for individual operators making use of the temporary stop-the-clock derogation. Decision No 377/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 April 2013.

In September 2014 allocations for 2013-2016 have been reduced according to the temporary reduction of the geographical scope. Regulation (EU) No 421/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014.

Download an updated list of free allocation for aircraft operators 2013-2020 

Free allowances will be issued from the Special Reserve from 2017

An application round for free aviation allowances from the Special Reserve for new operators and fast growing existing operators took place in 2015. The applications had to be submitted to the Danish Energy Agency before 30 June 2015. The European Commission decided on the benchmark to be used to allocate free allowances to the aircraft operators who submitted an application in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/775 of 18 May 2016. Later, the Danish Energy Agency calculated the preliminary allocation of allowances from the Special Reserve. Find the allocation list here. 

Free allowances from the Special Reserve will be issued from 2017, if certain criteria are met.

Find the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/775 of 18 May 2016 here. 

For more information on the Special Reserve, please consider the Commission’s list on frequently asked questions on the special reserve

For more information on the allocation of aviation allowances, please consider the European Commission’s website.