MRV verification - What are non-conformities?
In this video, we take a closer look at non-conformities - something ship operators may encounter when going through the MRV verification.
How does the regulation define a non-conformity?
For the purpose of assessing a monitoring plan, a non-conformity means that the plan does not fulfil the requirements of the regulation. To give you an example, ship operators might not record fuel data the moment the vessel arrives at and departs from berth. Consequently, it will be impossible to determine fuel consumed and CO2 emitted within ports.
For the purpose of verifying an emissions report, a non-conformity means that CO2 emissions and other relevant information are not monitored or reported in line with the approved monitoring plan. This can be any deviation from the monitoring plan, such as not implementing control activities or using another methodology for calculating fuel consumption.
Can non-conformities jeopardize the outcome of the MRV verification?
Yes, they can. If non-conformities are identified, the MRV verifier will inform you and ask to correct them in a timely manner so that the verification process can be completed. Where non-conformities are not corrected in time, the auditor will assess whether the non-conformities, individually or combined, lead to material misstatements. Misstatements are material if reported data deviates by more than 5 percent from the correct calculation.
In such a situation, operators will receive a verification report which states that the emissions report does not comply with the regulation.