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European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register


Emissions and waste data for the years 2007 to 2010 are now available on the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. Click here to access.

In 2003, the European Community signed the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR). As a result of the UNECE Protocol, the European Union issued the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Regulation (EC 166/2006).

The Regulation obliges certain installations (such as power stations and certain waste management activities) in EU Member States to report their annual emission releases and waste transfers to MEPA. MEPA then reports the data to the European Commission, who then makes the data accessible in a free online public register (the E-PRTR).

Comparison between EPER and E-PRTR

The obligations under E-PRTR supersede and go beyond those under the EPER (European Pollutant Emission Register) Decision, which has been repealed. The latter was a first step towards the development of a fully integrated E-PRTR and obliged EU Member States to submit a report covering emissions in 2001, and another one covering emissions in 2004. However, the E-PRTR Regulation covers more pollutants, more activities as well as waste transfers, releases to land and accidental releases.

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