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EU Shipping MRV Regulation at a Glance

The European Union (EU) has set out to regulate carbon emissions from ships arriving at or departing from ports located under the jurisdiction of an EEA Member State. Ship owners and operators are required to comply with rules for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions. The submission of a monitoring plan by 31 August 2017 marks the first compliance deadline.

 

What is MRV Shipping?

MRV Shipping stands for the European Union system of monitoring, reporting and verification of shipping emissions. The EU Shipping MRV Regulation applies to large ships in respect of carbon emissions released during their voyages to, from or between ports located under the jurisdiction of an EEA Member State. Read more...

 

Who must participate?

Owners or operators of vessels with more than 5,000 GT are required to monitor and report carbon emissions from the combustion of fuels, whilst at sea or at berth. Besides the de-minimis threshold of 5000 GT, several other exemptions apply. The EU Shipping MRV Regulation exempts warships, naval auxiliaries, fish catching or processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means and government ships used for non-commercial purposes. Read more...

 

Obligations under the EU Shipping MRV Regulation

Regulated ship owners or operators must:

  • by 31 August 2017, submit to an accredited verifier a monitoring plan indicating the methods chosen to monitor and report shipping CO2 emissions
  • check regularly, and at least annually, the accuracy and timeliness of the monitoring plan and, if necessary, submit a proposal of modification to the verifier
  • from 1 January 2018, monitor activity and emissions data for each ship on a per-voyage and annual basis*
  • from 2019, by 30 April of the year following the end of the annual reporting period, submit a verified annual emissions report to the European Commission and the authorities of the flag States concerned
  • by 30 June of the year following the end of the annual reporting period, carry on board a document of compliance issued by an accredited verifier**

 

* A ship is exempted from the obligation to monitor information on a per-voyage basis if 1) all its voyages either start from or end at an EU port and 2) the ship performs more than 300 voyages during the annual reporting period.

** Documents of compliance shall be considered valid documents for a period of 18 months after the end of the reporting period.

 

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