Regulation (EU) 757/2015 on monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport was adopted and entered into force in 2015. It sets an EU wide scheme for reporting monitored and verified data on shipping CO2 emissions (EU MRV) applying to activities carried out after January 2018.
At the international level, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has completed the legal framework for its global data collection system (IMO DCS) with the adoption in July 2017 of guidelines on data verification and database management.
Considering these recent developments, the Commission is now reviewing the situation with a view to align the EU MRV with the IMO DCS and it will table, if appropriate, a legislative proposal to amend the EU MRV accordingly in 2018.
In this context, a stakeholder consultation will ensure that all relevant parties are given the opportunity to express their opinions and to contribute to the analysis on the effectiveness and potential impacts of such alignment.
A link to the regulation can be found here.
Maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for approximately 2.5% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to the 3rd IMO GHG study. Shipping emissions are predicted to considerably increase in future and in accordance with global economic growth and developments in energy policy. This growth in emissions is not compatible with the internationally agreed goal of keeping the global temperature increase to well below 2°C and of pursuing efforts to limiting it to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels.
As the first step within the gradual approach set out within the European Commission's communication on "Integrating maritime transport emissions in the EU's greenhouse gas reduction policies" from 2013, Regulation (EU) 757/2015 (thereinafter the EU MRV Shipping Regulation) was adopted in April 2015. It sets rules (thereinafter 'the EU MRV') for the accurate monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions and other relevant information in order to promote reduction of CO2 emissions in a cost effective manner. The legal framework for EU MRV has been completed in 2016 with the adoption of implementing rules and it applies to Norway and Iceland as part of the Economic European Area (EEA) Agreement.
As part of the MARPOL Convention, in October 2016, the Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a Global Data Collection System (thereinafter 'the IMO DCS').
Collection of data under the IMO DCS is foreseen to be followed by an analysis of the data and the possible adoption of further measures to tackle shipping GHG emissions. The legal framework of the IMO DCS has been completed in July 2017 with the adoption of Guidelines for management of the IMO database and on data verification.
As a result, the Commission is now taking action in accordance with Article 22 of the MRV Shipping Regulation which requires that "in the event that an international agreement on a global monitoring, reporting and verification system for greenhouse gas emissions (…) is reached, the Commission shall review this Regulation and shall, if appropriate, propose amendments to this Regulation in order to ensure alignment with that international agreement".
The review will assess and compare the two systems, and in particular the different approaches within key aspects such as monitoring parameters, verification approach, level of transparency of data reported and compliance insurance.
By launching the present public consultation the Commission is offering a first possibility for stakeholders to provide their views on, and inputs to, the assessment process of the main aspects of alignment between EU MRV and IMO DCS.
The IMarEST submits consultation responses and provides inputs to inquiries on behalf of its members in order to present a sector view and to enable policy makers to have confidence that they are receiving information that is objective, impartial and expert.
Deadline for responses
The consultation takes the form of a survey which members are invited to complete here. Please then send a screenshot of the answers provided and any supplementary documentation to by 31st October 2017 to enable us to submit a combined response on behalf of the IMarEST community.