Proposal to amend Regulation (EU) 2015/757 in order to take appropriate account of the global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data

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Series Details COM (2019) 38
Publication Date 04/02/2019
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission in February 2019, which proposes amendments to Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport.

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Regulation (EU) 2015/757 - also known as EU MRV Regulation - was adopted with a view to:

  • Collect robust and verified CO2 emission data for all ships calling at European Economic Area (EEA) ports, including CO2 emissions from these ships in ports;
  • Provide robust information to support future policy-making decisions and implementation of policy tools, as well as allow for the implementation of international objectives or measures;
  • Provide the necessary transparency concerning data to stimulate the up-take of new technologies and operational measures to make ships greener.

In 2016, following the entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the adoption of the EU MRV Regulation, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted amendments to the MARPOL Convention establishing the legal framework for a global data collection system for fuel oil consumption of ships (the global IMO DCS). As a result, from January 2019 ships performing EEA-related maritime transport activities are required fulfil monitoring and reporting requirements under both the EU MRV Regulation and the global IMO DCS.

The main objective of the proposal is to amend the EU MRV Regulation in order to take account of the new global IMO DCS, with a view to allow for streamlining and reducing administrative effort for companies and administrations as possible, while preserving the objectives of the EU MRV Regulation.

The draft law was published by the European Commission on 4 February 2019. Representatives from the Member States at the Council of the European Union adopted a general approach on this proposal on 25 October. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a report comprising a negotiating position on 7 July 2020.

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Transport & Environment: Press Release, 07/02/2019: EU defends publishing ship emissions data to drive CO2 emissions cuts
EPRS: Briefing, October 2019: Monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport

EurActiv, 13/02/2020: EU starts to chart shipping’s new green course

EUR-Lex: SWD(2019)10: Impact assessment accompanying COM(2019)38
EUR-Lex: SWD(2019)11: Executive summary of the impact assessment accompanying COM(2019)38
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Carbon dioxide emissions from maritime transport: global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2015/757 in order to take appropriate account of the global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/10/2019: CO2 emissions from ships: Council agrees its position on a revision of EU rules
European Parliament: Press Release, 07/07/2020: Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs
EPP Group: Newsroom, 07/07/2020: 50 percent CO2 emission cuts in shipping by 2030, if conditions met

EPRS: Briefing, October 2019: Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment

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