MRV Regulation

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.

Who does the MRV Regulation apply to? 

MRV Regulation is only applicable to commercial voyages calling at any EU port to load or unload cargo and/or passengers.

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.

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How can LRQA help? 

Our range of verification services have been designed to help minimise the risk of non-compliance against the MRV Regulation, giving you peace of mind. Ship owners and operators will not get confirmation of compliance until the first annual report has been satisfactorily verified by their chosen verifier by the end of April 2019.As a globally trusted and experienced verifier, you can be sure that your data is in safe hands. 

Monitoring Plan Assessment 

As an accredited and experienced verifier we 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. 

Emissions Report Verification 

We 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. 

Pre-Verification Gap Analysis 

We can provide a beneficial gap analysis against either your monitoring plans or your emissions report data, or both. This can be tailored 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.

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

Our services 

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. 

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ISO 14064 Part 1 

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ISO 14001:2015 

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ISO 50001:2011

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