German Emissions Trading Authority

Monitoring maritime transport emissions

The TEHG of 19/07/2017 designates DEHSt as the competent authority for the national enforcement of the MRV Maritime Transport Regulation. It penalises infringements by shipping companies which have not submitted or are late in submitting an emissions report for their vessels covered by the Regulation.

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Maritime transport

The European Union adopted the MRV Maritime Transport Regulation which entered into force on 01/07/2015. An amendment to TEHG regulated the implementation of sanctioning regulations and national responsibilities at the national level. It entered into force on 20/07/2017. The German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) is responsible for the tasks related to monitoring German-flagged ships and is also a penalising authority for the national enforcement of the MRV Maritime Transport Regulation for German- and foreign-flagged ships.

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TEHG vom 18.07.2017

Treib­haus­gas-Emis­sion­shan­dels­ge­setz - TEHG vom 18.07.2017. Ein Ser­vice des Bun­desmin­is­teri­ums der Jus­tiz in Zusam­me­nar­beit mit der ju­ris GmbH.

MRV Maritime Transport Regulation (29/04/2015, PDF, 512KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Eu­ro­pean reg­u­la­tion on the mon­i­tor­ing, re­port­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of car­bon diox­ide emissions from mar­itime trans­port (EU 2015/757)

Regulation (22/09/2016, PDF, 299KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Del­e­gat­ed Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2016/2071 amend­ing Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil as re­gards the meth­ods for mon­i­tor­ing car­bon diox­ide emissions and the rules for mon­i­tor­ing oth­er rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion

Regulation (22/09/2016, PDF, 502KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Del­e­gat­ed Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2016/2072 on the ver­i­fi­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and ac­cred­i­ta­tion of ver­i­fiers pur­suant to Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the mon­i­tor­ing, re­port­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of car­bon diox­ide emissions from mar­itime trans­port

Implementing regulation (04/11/2016, PDF, 399KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2016/1927 on tem­plates for mon­i­tor­ing plans, emissions re­ports and doc­u­ments of com­pli­ance pur­suant to Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on mon­i­tor­ing, re­port­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of car­bon diox­ide emissions from mar­itime trans­port

Implementing regulation (04/11/2016, PDF, 324KB, File does not meet accessibility standards.)

Im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2016/1928 on de­ter­mi­na­tion of car­go car­ried for cat­e­gories of ships oth­er than pas­sen­ger, ro-ro and con­tain­er ships pur­suant to Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 of the Eu­ro­pean Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the mon­i­tor­ing, re­port­ing and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of car­bon diox­ide emissions from mar­itime trans­port

Tasks and obligations for shipping companies, verifiers and authorities

The MRV Maritime Transport Regulation stipulates the following tasks and obligations for shipping companies, verifiers and authorities:

Tasks according to the MRV Maritime Transport Regulation

  1. By 31/08/2017, shipping companies are required to present a monitoring plan for each of their ships (size over 5000 GT/gross tonnage, for trips from or to a port within the scope of the MRV regulation, including lay times) to an accredited, non-state verifier specifying the method by which they monitor and calculate CO2 emissions and other relevant information.
  2. The shipping companies are obliged to monitor the parameters according to the verified monitoring plan as of 01/01/2018.
  3. The ship-related emissions report is required after the end of the reporting period for verification by a verifier who will issue a Document of Compliance for the ship in the event of a positive result.
  4. The shipping company shall submit the emissions report annually by 30/04/ (starting in 2019) to the EU Commission and the authorities of the relevant flag states.
  5. The shipping companies must ensure that the valid Document of Compliance for the reporting period is carried on board from 30/06/ of the following year.
  6. From 30/04/, the authorities of the flag states concerned shall examine whether the verified emissions report has been received in due time (6.a) and take the necessary measures to initiate a sanction (6b) if required.
  7. If, in the case of a port state control (starting on 30/06/2019), foreign-flagged vessels without a valid document of compliance are detected (7.a), the necessary measures for initiating sanctions must also be taken (7b).

Tasks 1 to 5 are entirely in the hands of shipping companies and verifiers. The examination by the competent authorities of violations of the reporting requirements (6a and 7a) pursuant to Article 19 of the MRV Regulation is exclusively directed at the verification of the existence of a verified emission report. A substantive review of the emissions report by the competent authorities does not take place.

With the consent of the Member States, the procedure is prepared electronically (designation: THETIS-MRV) by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) so that emissions reports of the vessels flying the German flag, and also the reporting data of other ships covered by the MRV Regulation are centrally available.

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German- and foreign-flagged ships

German-flagged ships

Within the framework of the flag state control, we check the timely submission of the verified emission reports for ships flying the German flag. In the case of infringements, we shall initiate a penalty procedure against the shipping companies.

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Foreign-flagged ships

Under the framework of the port state control, we shall initiate a penalty procedure against shipping companies of ships flying a foreign flag provided that the port state authority has established that the vessels concerned did not have a Document of Compliance on board and that the emissions report has not been submitted.

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Further information of the European Commission and the European Maritime Safety Agency

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