EU Monitoring, Reporting, Verification (MRV)

ABS Emissions Reporter™

The ABS Emissions Reporter™ is a smart digital tool that allows owners and operators to input annual reports and monitor the status of their IMO Data Collection System (DCS) and EU Monitoring Reporting and Verification (MRV) review process.

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Shipping’s contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is coming under increasing scrutiny at IMO and on regional levels. Most notable of the regional initiatives are the recent actions of the European Union (EU), with the implementation of EU Regulation 2015/757 concerning monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions.  The EU MRV requirements outline three key deadlines for ship operators of large ships (above 5000GT) calling on the European Economic Area EEA (EU, Iceland and Norway) ports:

  • By August 31, 2017 - submit to the verifiers a monitoring plan, indicating the method chosen to monitor and report CO2 emissions and other relevant information. 
  • From January 1, 2018 - monitor CO2 emissions and other relevant information on a per-voyage basis using the agreed monitoring plan. 
  • By April 30 of each year, beginning in 2019 - submit to the Commission and to the authorities of the Flag States concerned an emissions report which has been judged as satisfactory by a competent, independent verifier. 

To comply with the new requirements, companies shall, for each of their ships:

  • Determine the CO2 emissions in accordance with any of the methods set out in Annex I of the Regulation, and
  • Monitor other relevant information (distance sailed, time spent at sea, cargo carried) in accordance with the rules set out in Annex II of the Regulation. 

ABS Assistance

ABS is able to support by:

  • Assessing the monitoring plan. In doing so, we will verify that the appropriate monitoring plan template is used and that all information as required by the EU MRV Regulations is provided. We will confirm the information in the plan accurately describes the emissions sources and measurement equipment installed on the ship. In addition, we will communicate any recommendations for improvement which are identified. 
  • Verifying the emissions report is prepared in conformance with the accepted monitoring plan.

Please contact your local ABS office for scheduling assistance or send your request to



All work is to be undertaken in accordance with the ABS Code of Ethics.  The ABS Code of Ethics includes procedures for the identification, disclosure and remediation of all actual or potential conflicts of interest, and prohibits ABS personnel from carrying out activities on behalf of ABS that pose an unacceptable risk to their impartiality or in respect of which they have conflicts of interest.  


Complaints & Appeals

Any disagreement regarding the proper interpretation of the EU MRV requirements or complaints regarding the ABS service can be referred to ABS for resolution. ABS can be contacted through the feedback form on this webpage or via email at: