ABS informs on EU MRV regulatory updates

The ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) Regulatory News report provides a summary of Amendments to the EU MRV Regulation 2015/757.

EU MRV Regulation applies to ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above in respect of the GHG emissions released during their voyages for transporting for commercial purposes cargo or passengers from the last port of call to a 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 between ports of call under the jurisdiction of a member State.

Summary of Amendments to the EU MRV Regulation 2015/757

Credit: ABS

Future Amendments and Ongoing Developments

Ongoing work is being done on developing further amendments to Regulation (EU) 2015/757. According to the European Commission, these are expected to be issued by October 2023 and include amendments to:

  • Setting the rules for companies on how to monitor and calculate emissions, both under MRV and ETS scope.
  • Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1927, which will include new templates for monitoring plans, emissions reports and documents of compliance. For example, the new template for the emissions reports, among other updates, will expand the scope of the fuel type consumed to include alternative fuels such as methanol, ethanol, bio-H2, e-diesel, e-LNG, etc.
  • A new delegated act that will outline the rules for reporting and submitting aggregated emissions data at the company level.
  • A new implementing act on the rules relating to the administration of shipping companies by administering 4 authorities in respect of a shipping company, pursuant 5 to Article 3gf of Directive 2003/87/EC.

Before December 31, 2024, the Commission will assess whether additional ship types, between 400 GT and 5,000 GT, should be included in Regulation (EU) 2015/757.

Actions for compliance

  1. Develop or revise the EU MRV Monitoring Plan to include the CH4 and N2O emissions. It is recommended to submit the plan for verification by the end of 2023 to ensure enough time for the assessment by April 1, 2024, should be in place. From 2025, offshore ships above 400 GT and general cargo ships between 400 ≤ GT ≤ 5,000 should have an EU MRV verified plan.
  2. From January 1, 2024, monitor and report CO2, CH4 and N2O emissions and activity data.
  3. From 2025, develop an Emissions Report per ship and submit it for verification as soon as possible to the beginning of the year to ensure that the verification process will be successfully completed by March 31 and submit it to the relevant authorities.
  4. From 2025, submit to the administering authority responsible for the aggregated emissions data at the company level by March 31. 5. Carry onboard a valid Document of Compliance (DoC).