MRV shipping


As of 1 July 2015, the European Union brings into force Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport.

This regulation lays down rules for the MRV procedure of CO2 emissions and of the relevant information from ships arriving at, within or departing from ports under the jurisdiction of Member States in order to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions from maritime transport in a cost effective manner.

Who does this Regulation concern and which are the exceptions?

This regulation applies to ships above 5000 gross tonnage in respect of CO2 emissions released during their voyages from the last port of call to the port of call under the jurisdiction of a Member State and from a port of call under the jurisdiction of a Member State to their next port of call, as well as within ports of call under the jurisdiction of a Member State. This Regulation should be applied to all ships regardless of their flag.

Regulation 2015/757, does not apply for ship movements and activities not serving the purpose of transporting cargo or passengers for commercial purposes such as dredging, icebreaking, pipe-laying or off shore installation activities. In addition, it does not apply to warships, naval auxiliaries, fish-catching or fish-processing ships, wooden ships of a primitive build, ships not propelled by mechanical means, or government ships used for non-commercial purposes.

A roadmap towards the implementation of Regulation 2015/757

By 31 August 2017, companies shall submit to their accredited verifiers a monitoring plan for each of their ships indicating the monitoring and reporting method chosen.

As of 1 January 2018, companies shall, based on the monitoring plan assessed, monitor CO2 emissions for each ship on a per-voyage and annual basis by applying the appropriate method for determining CO2 emissions and by calculating CO2 emissions in accordance to the Regulation requirements.

From 2019, by 30 April of each year, companies shall submit to the Commission and to the authorities of the flag states concerned, an emissions report concerning the CO2 emissions and other relevant information for the entire reporting period for each ship under their responsibility, which has been verified as satisfactory by the verifier.

By 30 June of the year following the end of a reporting period, ships arriving at, within or departing from a port under the jurisdiction of a Member State and which have carried out voyages during that reporting period, shall carry on board a valid document of compliance. This document of compliance shall be issued by the verifier on the basis of the verification report.

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An accredited verifier shall assess the conformity of the monitoring plan with the requirements of the Regulation.

The verifier shall assess the conformity of the emissions report with the requirements laid down in the Regulation. In particular the verifier shall assess whether the CO2 emissions and other relevant information included in the emissions report have been determined in accordance with the monitoring activities and the monitoring plan.

Where the verification assessment concludes, with reasonable assurance from the verifier that the emissions report is free from material misstatements, the verifier shall issue a verification report stating that the emissions report has been verified as satisfactory. Otherwise, the company shall correct the misstatements or non-conformities so as to enable the verification process to be completed in time and shall submit to the verifier the revised emissions report and any other information that was necessary to correct the non-conformities identified.

At the final stage of the MRV procedure, according to the Regulation, the verifier issues a Verification Opinion Statement and a Document of Compliance.

• More than 10 years’ greenhouse Gas verification audit experience in complex fuel combustion activities (not only aviation)
• More than 5 years ISO 14065 accreditation for industry and aviation
• Specialization in the verification of GHG emissions (EMICERT's unique scope of accreditation)
• Tailor made services that adapt to the operational procedures and size of any organization and the ship types 
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• EMICERT is a member of the European Sustainable Shipping Forum (ESSF) and follows closely the developments of the MRV Regulation.
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