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Expert Panel line-up to debate Benefits and Challenges of EU’s MRV Regulation

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LONDON, 16 OCTOBER 2015: Experts on shipping, policy and the environment will make-up a panel debate aimed at better understanding the European Union’s (EU) Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) regulation.

For the third consecutive year, maritime law experts Norton Rose Fullbright and leading marine communications consultancy, BLUE Communications will team up to host a debate, this year focused on exploring perspectives on the EU’s MRV regulation. From 2018, MRV will require that all vessels over 5, 000 gross tonnes must report on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and transport work for voyages entering EU ports. Measurement of emissions will therefore become mandatory for the approximate 10, 000 vessels a year entering EU waters.

The panel comprises the following experts who will provide perspectives from across the industry:

  • Anna Larsson,  Head of Sustainability, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
  • Phillip Roche, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Larry Rumbol, CEMS Expert, Parker Kittiwake Procal
  • Heiko Kunst,  Policy Officer DG Climate Action,  European Commission
  • Julien Dufour, CEO, Verifavia Shipping
  • Anna Ziou,  Policy Advisor, UK Chamber of Shipping

The interactive debate will cover various aspects such as legal, financial and operational implications, as well as exploring the strengths and weaknesses of key monitoring methodologies,  discussing the ongoing EU consultation to finalise MRV details, and exploring verification processes, policing and enforcement. Attendees will be encouraged to participate throughout the session and put questions to each of the panelists.

Alisdair Pettigrew, Managing Director, BLUE Communications and chair of the panel debate, commented:

“For many, MRV represents the first step to the existing shipping fleet being regulated to reduce its carbon emissions. Therefore the EU’s decision to bring this regulation into force from 1 July 2015 represents a landmark for the shipping industry. However many questions remain; how will emissions been measured, reported and verified – will the EU push for some form of continuous monitoring or accept Bunker Delivery Notes; will data pertain to each vessel or be attributed to company fleets; will the IMO supersede the EU and introduce a global MRV? We believe that the debate on 21 October will be useful in evolving discussion on these and other related questions.”

About the event:

  • Wednesday 21st October
  • Registration and coffee: 15:00
  • Programme: 15:30 to 17:00

Drinks reception: 17:00 onwards at: Norton Rose Fulbright LLP,  3 More London Riverside,  London SE1 2AQ

For those unable to join in person, you can participate and submit questions online through the webinar. If you wish to attend the event, please register with gaby.roberts@blue-comms.com indicating whether you will be joining us at Norton Rose Fulbright’s offices or online via the webinar.

About BLUE:

BLUE Communications is a strategic communications consultancy specialising in the provision of public relations, regulatory communications and network engagement to the shipping and marine, energy and offshore industries.

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