EU MRV Regulation

The Trend

As a result of the EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification) regulation, ship owners and operators will be required to monitor, report and verify their CO2 emissions for vessels (≥5000GT) that call at any EU port from January 2018 onwards. A similar scheme is also being considered by IMO and presumably start reporting in 2019.

The Challenge

The practical impact of the MRV regulation on owners and operators is not yet fully clear. There will be a need to monitor and report data, but the exact formats and templates for doing so are not yet available.

The Recommendation

This article by Torsten Mundt, DNV GL, gives an overview of how MRV will affect the maritime industry and what shipping companies need to do to achieve compliance. Ship owners and operators are advised to start considering how to fulfil the upcoming obligations for their own ship as well as their shore systems and routines ahead of time. Developing the mandated monitoring plan, as well as examining how to collect, aggregate and report fuel consumption and transport work data for their ships are particularly important.

About the Author

Torsten Mundt is a Principal Research Engineer - Ship emissions at DNV GL, working within the ‘International Regulatory Affairs’ department. He is a technical adviser to the German Ministry of Transport at IMO (MEPC) on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping and has been a representative in the IACS working groups, leading the Environmental Research Group from 2009-2013. Torsten is also DNV GL’s representative to the European MRV regulation stakeholder working groups in the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF).

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