The British Government published a draft legislation called ‘Merchant Shipping (Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide Emissions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018’ aiming at maintaining the EU MRV for vessels calling at UK ports following Brexit.
Specifically, the EU MRV scheme entered into force on 01 July 2015 and requires shipping companies to establish a Monitoring Plan (MP) for data collection, to provide reports measuring the quantity of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from individual ships, per voyage for every voyage touching on an EU port, on an annual basis. The MP is subject to verification by an accredited independent verifier in accordance with EU Regulation 2015/757.
In addition, the UK MRV simply makes sure that the EU MRV will continue regulation will still be in force for the UK, after Brexit takes place.
Keeping in mind that the EU MRV applies only to vessels visiting EU ports, it would normally cease to have effect after Brexit.
Therefore, the UK MRV regulation modifies the implementation of the EU MRV in the UK so that it applies to ships visiting UK ports.
According to the draft legislation, vessels visiting both EU ports and UK ports would then be required to comply with both schemes.
EU voyages and emissions would continue to be reported to the European Commission while UK voyages and emissions would have to be reported to the UK Secretary of State separately.
All other provisions of the EU MRV regulation will continue to apply.
For more information on the draft legislation, click the PDF herebelow