Brexit and MRV – The change of status of the UK in the monitoring and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport in the EU.
23 December 2020
Applicability: shipowners, ship operators and ship managers. Ships entering United Kingdom (UK) ports or on voyages between the UK and other countries which are not Member States of the European Union.
The transition period following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) ends on 31 December 2020.
From 1 January 2021, the UK will be treated by EU law as a third country (i.e. not an EU Member State). This means Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from Maritime Transport will no longer apply to the UK.
Regulation (EU) 2015/757 requires shipowners to record CO2 emissions of all ships over 5,000 GT during their voyages from their last port of call to an EU port and from an EU port to their next port of call, as well as within EU ports.
Consequences of UK withdrawal
Based on the European Commission (EC) notice to stakeholders on the withdrawal of the UK and EU rules on the monitoring and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, shipowners should be aware that the following will no longer fall under the monitoring and reporting requirements of Regulation (EU) 2015/757:
- CO2 emissions of ships within ports under the jurisdiction of the UK; or
- CO2 emissions from voyages from a port of the UK to the port of another third country, and vice-versa.
CO2 emissions records verification
Shipowners should note that CO2 emissions records collected during 2020 will continue to be verified as they have been previously, with emissions within UK ports and emissions from voyages between the UK and other third countries included in the 2020 record-keeping requirements.
Lloyd’s Register (LR) has, as a result of the above, established a new accreditation with the Hellenic Accreditation System (E.SY.D) through Hellenic Lloyd’s S.A. (HLSA), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. This means we can continue to assess monitoring plans and verify emission reports in accordance with the requirements of the regulation. When submitting data in Thetis-MRV from 1 January 2021, for the 2020 reporting period, shipowners will need to request a new partnership with HLSA, and select HLSA as the Verifier in Thetis-MRV before our verification work can proceed. Guidelines on this process can be found on the EMSA website here.
UK MRV Scheme
LR understands that the UK will be moving to its own Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) scheme under domestic legislation following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, and will be putting in place transitional arrangements for vessels calling at the UK in 2021. This UK transitional approach is currently being finalised. When we have any further information we will advise accordingly.
For further information, please visit the LR website here.