In late June, the European Commission published a proposal to monitor, report and verify (MRV) emissions to air from international shipping. The measure will apply to all large ships calling at EU ports and could be used to set the baseline for measures to actually require emission reductions.
Shipping is responsible for three per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions (4 per cent in Europe) – emissions that are expected to continue to increase if no action is taken to curb them. According to the Commission, its proposed European monitoring system would reduce shipping CO2 emissions by up to two per cent, but environmental group T&E said they found no scientific evidence to back this claim.
T&E shipping officer Antoine Kedzierski said: “The proposal doesn’t do anything to incentivise those monitoring and verification systems that are better, so owners will in all likelihood use the cheapest, most basic way, which in reality is business as usual.”
Environmental NGOs are also critical of the proposal’s failure to include other harmful emissions from shipping, notably nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).
Source: T&E, 28 June and 16 July 2013.