DNV and 14 partners have developed a monitoring and reporting framework to quantitatively assess greenhouse gas emission from the offshore wind segment.

Developing the framework was phase 1 of the Emission Reduction (EMRED) Joint Industry Project (JIP), aims to standardise decarbonisation reporting and increase transparency in the industry.

In phase 1, DNV, RWE, Vattenfall, Ørsted, Scottish Power Renewables, DEME, Cadeler, Jan De Nul Group, Ziton, Van Oord, Heerema, GustoMSC, Maersk Supply Service, Atheloen and Fred. Olsen Windcarrier agreed on a framework for foundation installation, wind turbine installation, and cable laying vessels.

The partners are moving on to phase 2 of the project this month. This next phase involves testing the framework by including more offshore vessel types and gathering more data.

Phase 2 invites companies involved with platform supply vessels, anchor handling tug supply vessels, standby vessels, service operation vessels, crew service operation vessels, and subsea support vessels to participate.

“Partners of the EMRED JIP are collaborating to improve transparency, defining how emissions and associated service work can be reported for offshore vessels,” DNV’s segment director for special ships Arnstein Eknes said.

“To decarbonise the offshore segment, we as an industry, need deeper insight of operational modes and where measures will have the highest impact for a field developer or field operator.

“The inclusion of these diverse vessel types will provide a broader representation of the offshore sector and contribute to standardising data reporting.

“As the industry faces a need to decarbonise in alignment with multiple stakeholder ambitions, we aim to make emissions reporting more accessible and transparent which also stimulate our industry efficiency.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier COO Jan Schanke-Jørgensen said the offshore industry is taking challenges in emissions reporting into a forum where authorities including IMO and EU could be guided on the framework needed for future work.

“Rules like CII is expected to be introduced to the offshore segment, and we might just be at the helm of the process, getting a system that works for the industry.”

DNV and its partners launched EMRED JIP in February this year with a project timeline spanning 2023.