Circular 80

Safety Dpt.

Quality/Environmental Dpt.
Crew/Marine Dpt.
Operations Dpt.



EU - Monitoring Reporting Verification - Regulation, Timeline and Required Process

MRV entered into force in July 1st 2015 with the Regulation (EU) 2015/757 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport.


The European Union goal is to further reduce CO2 emissions from shipping at Union level and the best possible option remains setting up a system for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV system) of CO2 emissions based on the fuel consumption of ships as a first step of a staged approach for the inclusion of maritime transport emissions in the Union's GHG reduction commitment.



All ship-owners and operators of vessels greater than 5,000 GT which engage in voyages (and activities) within the European Union, should monitor, report and receive verification for CO2 emissions on an annual basis.


Voyages falling under the Scope of EU MRV:


  • All Intra-Union voyages
  • All incoming Voyages from the last non-Union port to the first Union Port of call
  • All outgoing voyages from a union port to the next non-union port of call (including ballast voyages)


CO2 emissions in Union ports, including emissions arising from ships at berth or moving within a port are also in the scope of MRV.


CO2 emissions shall be calculated based on fuel consumption multiplied by an appropriate emission factor while fuel consumption will be determined based on one of the following methods:


  • Bunker Fuel Delivery Note (BDN) & periodic stocktakes of fuel tanks
  • Bunker fuel tank monitoring on board
  • Flow meters for applicable combustion processes
  • Direct CO2 emissions measurements




The steps and timeline for ship-owners and operators to be covered under the MRV regulation are:


  1. By August 31st, 2017 submit a Monitoring Plan to an accredited verifier stating the process that the company will follow to collect the required data.
  2. The first reporting period will start on January 1st, 2018 and will end on December 31st, 2018. During this period ship-owners and operators are responsible to collect the required data for CO2 emissions calculation.
  3. By April 30th, 2019 (and every year thereafter), all companies must submit an Emission Report to verifiers, receive approval and report same to EU platform.
  4. By June 30th, 2019 (and every year thereafter), the European Union will publicize the data


Based on the above, the first steps for ship-owners and operators are to:


  1. Perform an Audit to establish monitoring process to be followed and
  2. Develop a Monitoring Plan and submit it to Verifier for approval by August 2017


TQC can assist in the above-mentioned tasks as we have extensively reviewed the regulation and closely monitor any developments.


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