The European Commission has admitted that “some” of the monitoring, reporting and verifying (MRV) data published at the beginning of this week was wrong, but says it is not responsible.
While declining to comment on the record, Commission sources said some data was “erroneous” and that it had launched an investigation into what went wrong.
Data published on the THETIS-MRV website (which contains a disclaimer and no reference to the incorrect info) comes from the emissions reports submitted to the Commission. Data is supposed to have been verified by independent third-party verifiers and is supposed to be “free from material misstatements”.
The Brussels bureaucracy believes the guilty parties are therefore ship operators and verifiers. Efforts are now underway to determine what is missing and which data is wrong.
Verification of any data pertinent to IMO regulation, such as the IMO’s data collection scheme, is the role of recognised classification societies – the Commission has insisted upon this and has made it EU law.
But other types of companies have emerged as ‘verifiers’ for MRV data, taking business away from class by undercutting them on price. The Commission has been wary of this development but has not taken measures to prevent it. Non-class verifiers have also landed big contracts with non-EU flag states.