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22. January 2020

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Cargo carried must continue to be included in CO2 reporting

At a public hearing in the European Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, the ship reporting system was brought up for discussion. The scheme is facing revision. Danish Shipping is of the opinion that the amount of cargo carried must continue to be included in the EU reporting system.

When a ship calls or leaves an EU port, a large number of data must be reported for the ship. This data is used to calculate CO2 emissions for each ship. This data can, among others, be used to calculate CO2 emissions for each ship.

However, how to report and what data to be included in the calculation is still under discussion. The so-called MRV reporting system (monitoring, reporting and verification), which ships sailing to and from as well as within the EU have had to report to since January 2018, is now facing its first audit.

The scheme was therefore discussed at a hearing in the European Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. One of the items on the agenda was whether the amount of cargo carried should continue to be included in the report to the EU.

Simon Bergulf, Director of Regulatory Affairs at A.P. Moller - Maersk, was as the only representative from the industry invited to speak at the hearing.

"I am pleased that the European Parliament has given us the opportunity to express our views. If the actual cargo carried is no longer to be part of the reporting, you cannot see which ships are actually the most energy efficient,” says Simon Bergulf.

"We find it crucial that there continues to be a clear incentive to take the lead in the green maritime transition," says Simon Bergulf.

 

Global regulation is crucial

As there has been a severe backlash over what the reporting to the EU should include, Danish Shipping followed the hearing closely. The revision of the MRV is also attempted to be linked to the discussion of whether European shipping should be included in the EU's CO2 emissions trading system. Danish Shipping does not support this idea.

“We recognise the EU's level of ambition and would like to play constructively in relation to how the EU can underpin the decarbonisation of global shipping. One thing is for sure: We cannot use emissions quota trading in order to reach CO2 neutrality by 2050. We need to develop, test and deploy new technology and new propellants,” says Simon Bergulf, Director of Regulatory Affairs at A.P. Moller - Maersk.

"It will require a massive investment in research and development and therefore the EU should look at specific areas of action for shipping," says Simon Bergulf.