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Industry shows disappointment over new EU MRV rules

  Following yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament, adopting a regional EU Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of individual ship emissions of CO2, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and Intercargo have issued the following statement: ‘’Today’s vote was expected, being based on the political agreement reached between the EU institutions at the end of last year. However, the shipping industry is still disappointed by the Parliament’s confirmation of the EU decision to pre-empt the current International Maritime Organization (IMO) negotiations on a global data collection system on shipping’s CO2 emissions by adopting a unilateral, regional Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of individual ship emissions – which will also apply to non-EU flag ships trading to Europe – in advance of IMO completing its work. Until now, with the industry’s support, the IMO negotiations have been progressing well. But there is a danger that the EU initiative will be seen by non-EU nations as an attempt to present them with a fait accompli. The EU Regulation includes controversial elements, such as the publication of commercially sensitive data on individual ships, an idea which had previously been rejected by the majority of IMO governments during ...

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New draft EU MRV rules approved

  Draft EU rules requiring ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year received the support of the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, will apply from 2018 on to ships over 5,000 gross tons, regardless of the country in which they are registered, as a first step towards cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. The text establishes an EU-wide system for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, in order to improve the information about ship efficiency and emissions and to encourage reducing emissions and fuel consumption. "Maritime transport does not come under any greenhouse-gas emissions reduction measures" said José Inácio Faria (ALDE, PT), who drafted the second reading recommendation approved on Tuesday. “What we are looking at today is a first step to reduce emissions. If nothing is done, shipping emissions will go up by about 50% by 2030”, he said. “This legislation is applicable to all ships using European ports, and will be an opportunity to influence negotiations within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). We need to make sure that cooperation with our international partners is kept to, and make sure these ...

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EU – Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of CO2 Emissions

The West of England P&I Club issued an article regarding EU Regulation on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of CO2 Emissions. European Union (EU) drafted a proposal to amend EU Regulation 525/2013 and implement requirements for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vessels. In 2013 the European Union (EU) drafted a proposal to amend EU Regulation 525/2013 and implement requirements for the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from vessels. This was the first of three steps proposed by the EU to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The second step in the EU plan is to set greenhouse gas targets for the maritime transport sector, with the third step being the introduction of further requirements, including market-based measures, in the medium to long term. The proposed regulations will apply to all vessels over 5,000 gross tonnes regardless of flag state making one or more visits to an EU port in a calendar year. The legislation will require the company holding the ISM Document of Compliance (DOC) to have in place an approved monitoring plan and to submit independently verified reports to the EU detailing the annual CO2 emissions for each ...

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DNV GL certification helps Hapag-Lloyd prepare for MRV

Hapag-Lloyd is preparing to become the world’s first MRV-Ready certified shipowner, working with classification society DNV GL on a verification programme that will prove their readiness with incoming EU emission monitoring regulations for their entire own-managed fleet. MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) are the incoming European Union (EU) regulations designed to progressively integrate maritime emissions into the EU's policy for reducing domestic greenhouse gas emissions that are currently being finalised. Initiated as a joint project between Hapag-Lloyd and DNV GL, the first stage of the verification shows Hapag-Lloyd is well on the way to compliance with MRV. The scope of the verification covers the complete process of emission data monitoring and reporting. This also includes a validation of the monitoring-reporting software, which will be used on board Hapag-Lloyd’s containership fleet. “We are carrying out the examination work in line with the requirements of the DNV GL Environmental Passport-Operation – a programme aimed at providing a complete certified operational emission inventory, which addresses all of the emissions covered in MARPOL”, explains Dr Jörg Lampe, Senior Project Engineer for Risk & Safety and Systems Engineering at DNV GL. “We are very pleased to be working with Hapag-Lloyd to develop a solution that ...

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EU reaches agreement on monitoring of CO2 shipping emissions

The Council reached a political agreement on the regulation setting out new EU-wide rules for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from ships. The new mechanism for monitoring reporting and verification of CO2 emission from ships is a building block towards the implementation of the 2030 framework. At the same time, it is a contribution to the international negotiations at the International Maritime Organization, aimed at a global monitoring, reporting and verification system. International maritime shipping is the only means of transportation not included in the EU’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Monitoring CO2 emissions from ships is the first step in a staged approach to reducing greenhouse gas e missions in this sector as well.The new regulation will improve information about CO2 emissions relating to the consumption of fuels, transport work and energy efficiency of ships. This will make it possible to analyse emission trends and assess ships’ performances. New rules will cover CO2 emissions from ships above 5000 gross tons. 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-com mercial purposes will be excluded from these measures. From 1 ...

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All eyes on IMO as Europe moves ahead with CO2 monitoring

EU co-legislators reached an informal agreement last week on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions of maritime transport. The agreement paves the way for a European MRV system that will become operational as of 2018, applying to ships above 5000 GT arriving and departing from EU ports, regardless of their flag and ownership. The Regulation is meant to be a stepping stone towards a global MRV instrument, which is currently being discussed at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Apart from data on CO2 emissions and distance sailed, the negotiators agreed that the Regulation will also require ships to report cargo-related information. “Whilst the inclusion of cargo-related information allows the measurement of energy efficiency of vessels, there are concerns regarding data reliability and confidentiality as well as reporting responsibilities and obligations”, said ECSA Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven in an initial reaction and continued by saying that “This explains why IMO approaches the issue with great care.”   “As ECSA we would have preferred the inclusion of cargo-related data to have simply been postponed until an agreement was reached at IMO. We do however acknowledge that the negotiators took some of our ...

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Shipowners worry about EU MRV Regulation

European shipowners are concerned by the intention of the Italian Presidency of the Council to move full steam ahead with an inter-institutional agreement on the EU Regulation for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport (EU MRV Regulation), which could potentially include commercial and operational information. ECSA urges EU decision-makers ahead of the trialogue negotiations to re-focus on developments at international level, lest unilateral EU action lead to regional differentiation and ultimately obstruct progress in the IMO (International maritime Organisation). In 2013, the European Commission put forward the MRV proposal with the intention of paving the way for an international solution. The IMO has in parallel been making progress towards establishing a global monitoring system. Currently, the work on the EU instrument is proceeding at a faster pace than the work of the IMO, and therein lies the risk. The EU instrument should be as simple and straightforward as possible, so as to be easily adaptable at a later stage to incorporate the outcome of the IMO process. Moreover, the simpler the EU tool remains, the more it will facilitate international negotiations instead of pre-empting them. “The stated goal of EU regulators has until now ...

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