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The IMO fuel consumption data collection system (IMO DCS)

29/03/2018
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Part one: The IMO fuel consumption data collection system (IMO DCS)

In the first article in our new series on environmental shipping law we considered the EU’s new monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) obligations for voyage emissions within the EU which came into full effect from 1 January 2018.

In this article we take a look at the IMO’s own parallel emissions monitoring regime, known as the IMO fuel consumption data collection system or ‘DCS’. This article will consider the key requirements of IMO DCS (part one) and will also compare the IMO DCS regime with the EU MRV regime (part two).

Both regimes are geared towards achieving similar ends, namely the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and carbon dioxide emissions in shipping. The IMO’s recent briefing of 5 March 2018 confirms that: ‘the new mandatory data collection system is intended to be the first in a three-step approach in which analysis of the data collected will provide the basis for an objective, transparent and inclusive policy debate in the MEPC [the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee], under a roadmap (through to 2023) for developing a ‘comprehensive IMO strategy on reduction of GHGs emissions from ships’. The roadmap was agreed in 2016.” [...]

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Part two: The IMO fuel consumption data collection system (IMO DCS)

Part two of this article compares the IMO DCS regime with the EU MRV regime and also considers some issues arising out of the regulations.[...]

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