The European Union’s new regulation on monitoring and reporting ship gas emissions comes into force in 2017. The regulation, which requires the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from ships, covers any vessel exceeding 5,000gt which calls at any EU port regardless of flag or country of ownership.
Shipowners that expect their ships to be affected by the MRV regulation need to have monitoring plans prepared by 31 August 2017. Verification organisations should also be prepared for their role in the regulation in 2017.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, the European Commission published the delegated and implementing acts to support the entry into force of the EU MRV. This followed completion of a consultation process with input from the European Sustainable Shipping Forum’s MRV sub-group and classification societies, such as Lloyd’s Register.
The commission provided information needed by shipowners or operators and verifiers. This included:
· Regulation to determine the cargo carried for categories of ships other than passenger, roro and container ships. This provides the cargo parameter definitions for different ship types to support clear MRV implementation.
· Guidance on templates for monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance.
· Regulation on the verification activities and accreditation of verifiers, with various definitions and procedural details.
The European Commission also amended annexes to MRV regulation to incorporate necessary changes to the required monitoring practices and to reflect industry best practice.
More MRV solutions were launched in the fourth quarter of 2016. Kongsberg Maritime added an application to its K-Fleet marine fleet management software for MRV compliance. This provides monitoring and reporting of emissions on a per-voyage basis to, from and between EU ports. Dynamarine has certified its emissions monitoring platform with a rigorous audit from Verifavia Shipping for compliance with MRV regulations. The platform has been tested for data gathering, inconsistency verification and automated MRV reporting. It can also be used as a benchmarking and analytical tool.