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 verification of emissions reports for maritime transport that is subject to the MRV Regulation. This latest accreditation has been awarded with immediate effect.
Regulation (EU) 2015/757, monitoring, reporting and verification of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from shipping activities, also known as MRV Regulation, came into force on 1st July 2015 and is a significant feature of the European Union’s commitment to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. From 1st 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 gross tonnes 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.
Ged Farmer, Sustainability Technical Manager at LRQA, commented: “MRV Regulation represents a significant change in the way ship owners and operators will be required to monitor, report and have their CO2 emissions verified. The achievement of accreditation to ISO 14065 will allow LRQA to deliver a range of assessment and verification services to our many clients that operate within shipping, ensuring that they are well prepared and all relevant ships are compliant.”