The European Commission has accepted the need for it to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verification (EU MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport so that it complies with global standards
The system will be revised in order for the EU to take “appropriate account” of the global data collection system for fuel consumption of ships established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The EC said that the proposal aimed to harmonize the two systems while preserving the objectives of the current EU legislation. The EC said that by streamlining some aspects of the two MRV systems, such as specific definitions or monitoring parameters, the proposal aimed to reduce the administrative burden and associated costs for ships having to report under both systems.
In practice the EU has harmonized its system with that in place with the IMO.
By harmonizing its MRV system with the IMO’s system, the EU should still require ships registered outside the EU to report their data. However, it was claimed that the transparency of the EU system, unlike the IMO’s data collection system (DCS), would stop dirty ships passing themselves off as “clean”. The EC proposal also maintains other key elements of the EU’s MRV, such as reporting data showing ships’ air pollution in ports. But the EC yielded to pressure to remove the obligation on ships to collect and report cargo data. The IMO system exempts shipping companies from collecting data about their cargo