MRV Regulation (EU) 2015/757

Monitoring Plan Assessment · Emissions Report Verification · Pre-Verification Gap Analysis

Maritime transport has a significant impact on global climate change and currently, the European Union’s (EU) commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions does not include international shipping, making it the only means of transportation not to be included. Regulation (EU) 2015/757 monitoring, reporting on the monitoring and verification of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from maritime transport (MRV Regulation), came into force in July 2015.

The objective of the MRV Regulation is to develop a better understanding of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from shipping activities within the EU which could then be used to shape and inform any future GHG monitoring or reduction initiatives. The MRV Regulation is viewed as the first step of a staged approach for the inclusion of maritime transport emissions into the EU’s GHG reduction commitment, alongside the other sectors that are already contributing to that commitment.

Who does the MRV Regulation apply to? 

The MRV Regulations applies to vessels greater than 5,000 Gross Tonnage* conducting voyages into, out of and between EU ports and will require annual reporting of CO2 emissions in line with a verified monitoring plan.

MRV Regulation (EU) 2015/757 has the following reporting and verification timetables:

  • 31 Aug 2017: Submission of monitoring plans for Verification
  • 1 Jan 2018: Commence ‘per-voyage’ and annual monitoring
  • 30 Apr 2019: Submission of first annual emissions report
  • 30 June 2019: Ships must carry valid document of compliance

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LRQA MRV Assessment and Verification Services

Our range of MRV (EU) 2015/757 verification services have been designed to help minimize the risk of non-compliance against the MRV Regulation, giving you peace of mind. As a globally trusted and experienced verifier, backed with decades of maritime experience, you can be sure that your data is in safe hands.

MRV Monitoring Plan Assessment

As an accredited and experienced CO2 emissions verifier, LRQA can perform monitoring plan assessments as required by the regulation when first created or when any changes are required.

We will work with you to assess your monitoring plans to ensure they comply.

MRV Emissions Report Verification

LRQA’s trusted team of CO2 emissions< MRV and maritime experts can perform the required annual emissions verification for your vessel, and we will work with you to verify your data and information so that a Document of Compliance can be issued.

MRV Pre-Verification Gap Analysis

Our CO2, MRV and maritime expert verifiers can provide a beneficial gap analysis against either your monitoring plans or your emissions report data, or both. At LRQA, we can tailor this gap analysis to your specific needs. For example, we can focus on specific areas of concern or take a general overall approach. This will identify any gaps, provide confidence in your approach, and smooth the path to compliance.

LRQA is your accredited MRV verification body of choice

As a UKAS-accredited verification body for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and an ANSI-accredited verification body for ISO 14064 Part 1, you can be sure that your data will be verified by experienced CO2 and maritime industry experts.

LRQA is one of the world’s leading providers of independent assurance, verification and training services with a portfolio of internationally recognised clients. More than 50 accreditation bodies recognise the work that we do in areas such as quality, environment, and health and safety.

Our focus at LRQA is on helping clients to assure that their sustainability strategies and climate change assertions are trustworthy. This helps ensure organisations are able to receive a fair reward for sustainability improvements from the financial markets, regulators and customers.

Additional Support:

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