Statutory Alert: LRQA achieves ISO 14065 accreditation to globally deliver services for the assessment of monitoring plans and the verification of emissions reports under the EU Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Regulation
Applicability: Owners and operators of ships greater than 5,000 gt making commercial voyages into, out of or between EU ports
Following an extensive audit by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), LRQA has been accredited to globally deliver services for the assessment of monitoring plans and the verification of emissions reports for maritime transport that is subject to the EU MRV regulation. This latest accreditation has been awarded with immediate effect.
Regulation (EU) 2015/757 on the monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from shipping activities, also known as the MRV regulation, came into force on 1 July 2015, and is a significant feature of the EU’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. From 1 January 2018, the Regulation will require ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and have verified CO2 emissions and related data for all vessels larger than 5,000 gt that are calling at any EU or EEA (Norway/Iceland) port.
LRQA is in the first group of verification bodies to receive accreditation against the international management system standard for GHG validation or verification – ISO 14065 – to globally deliver assessment and verification services related to GHG emissions and, specifically, the MRV regulation. This is an extension to LRQA’s existing accreditation to ISO 14065, under which related schemes are delivered.
Owners and operators of ships to which the MRV regulation applies are reminded that monitoring plans need to be prepared and submitted for review by an accredited verifier by the deadline of 31 August 2017.