EU MRV – First verification companies accredited by UKAS

Image: UK Chamber of Shipping

By Aiswarya Lakshmi

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has
announced which companies will be able to provide verification
services to shipowners as part of EU MRV Regulation
757/2015.

The EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification regulation, which
came into force in 2015, requires ships above 5000gt to monitor
and report their carbon emissions for all voyages to and from EU
member states.

Shipping companies operating in EU waters are required to submit
data on their emissions The accredited bodies, announced this
week, will verify data provided by companies operating in EU
waters as from January 1 2018.

According to UKAS further applicant certification bodies are in
the process of achieving accreditation and will be announced
soon.

UK Chamber Policy Manager, Anna Ziou, said: "The UK Chamber
welcomes the announcement of the first six verification companies
accredited by UKAS, which brings the total number of accredited
bodies for EU MRV purposes to eight. However, we believe that
more companies need to be accredited in order to meet the demand
for the assessment of the monitoring plan. Unfortunately, the
guidelines that will provide valuable advice on the
implementation of the regulation are not expected to be finalised
before May.

"Practically, that means the industry will be required to comply
with a very complex and burdensome regulation in a very short
time, so the number of available verifiers will be crucial. We
strongly encourage the European Commission, and the accreditation
bodies, to work closely with the industry to ensure sufficient
number of verification companies are available as soon as
possible."

Mar 3, 2017

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