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Monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (2nd edition, updated on 22.10.2020),


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In February 2019, the Commission adopted a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verification of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, in order to align it with the global data collection system introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The existing EU system requires ships above 5 000 gross tonnes using European ports to monitor and report fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per voyage and on an annual basis, starting with the year 2018. The system entered into force on 1 March 2018, and reporting starts with the year 2019. The proposed revision aims to facilitate the simultaneous application of the two systems, while preserving the objectives of the current EU legislation.

The Council’s mandate for negotiations with the Parliament was adopted on 25 October 2019. In the European Parliament, the ENVI committee has appointed Jutta Paulus (Greens/EFA, Germany) as rapporteur for the file. On 16 September 2020, the Parliament adopted its position and gave ENVI the mandate to start trilogue negotiations.


Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2015/757 in order to take appropriate account of the global data collection system for ship fuel oil consumption data
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) COM(2019) 38 final, 4.2.2019.
Rapporteur: Jutta Paulus (Greens/EFA, Germany) 2019/0017(COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Pernille Weiss (EPP, Denmark)
Jytte Guteland (S&D, Sweden)
Catherine Chabaud (Renew Europe, France)
Alexandr Vondra (ECR, Czechia)
Joëlle Mélin (ID, France)
Mick Wallace (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations


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