MRV, or reducing emissions from the shipping sector

MRV rules and MCC solutions.

The EU is calling for a global approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping – a large and growing source of emissions. As a first step, large ships using EU ports will be from 2018 required to report their verified annual emissions and other relevant information. (By courtesy of EU).

The MRV shipping Regulation 2015/757 adopted in April 2015 creates an EU-wide legal framework for the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions and other relevant information from maritime transport. It also helps the EU to generate momentum for the best possible outcome in the international discussions. Please note that further to the Decision 2015/2016 of the EEA Joint Committee from 28th October, the MRV shipping Regulation has been included in the EEA agreement, all references in the MRV shipping Regulation to Member States should be interpreted as including all relevant EEA States (the  EU Member States, Iceland and Norway).

It requires large ships (over 5 000 GT) irrespective of where the ship or the company is registered calling at EEA ports from 1 January 2018 to monitor their CO2 emissions and other relevant information emitted on journeys to, from and between EEA ports of calls, and also when in EEA ports of call.

Companies having assumed the MRV responsibility for ships visiting EEA ports will have to:

  • By 30 August 2017 submit to an accredited MRV shipping verifier a Monitoring Plan, consisting of complete and transparent documentation of the monitoring method and procedures to be applied for each of the ships under its responsibilities;
  • From 1st January 2018, monitor and report to an accredited MRV shipping verifier, data on each ships' CO2, fuel consumption and other parameters, such as distance, time at sea and cargo carried, so as to determine the ships' average energy efficiency;
  • From 2019, by 30 April of each year submit electronically to the Commission  satisfactorily verified Emissions report for each of the ships concerned
  • From 2019, by 30 June of each year ensure that all ships having performed activities in the precedent reporting period and visiting EU ports, carry on board a document of compliance issued by an accredited MRV shipping verifier. This might be subject to inspections by Member States' authorities.

In order to support the maritime community, MCC provides a MRV Plan Template which is in line with the EU requirements:

  • MCC MRV Plan Template ... ready.

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