The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Data

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The E-PRTR, the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, was formally known as the EPER is the European Pollutant Emission Register – the first European-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water.

The E-PRTR covers the 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland.

The register contains annual data reported by some 28,000 industrial facilities covering 65 economic activities within the following 9 industrial sectors:

  • energy
  • production and processing of metals
  • mineral industry
  • chemical industry
  • waste and waste water management
  • paper and wood production and processing
  • intensive livestock production and aquaculture
  • animal and vegetable products from the food and beverage sector, and
  • other activities.

Data is provided in the register for 91 pollutants falling under the following 7 groups:

  • Greenhouse gases
  • Other gases
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Chlorinated organic substances
  • Other organic substances
  • Inorganic substances.

A facility has to report data under E-PRTR if it fulfills the following criteria:

  • the facility falls under at least one of the 65 E-PRTR economic activities listed in Annex I of the E-PRTR Regulation and exceeds at least one of the E-PRTR capacity thresholds
  • the facility transfers waste off-site which exceed specific thresholds set out in Article 5 of the Regulation.
  • The facility releases pollutants which exceed specific thresholds specified for each media – air, water and land – in Annex II of the E-PRTR Regulation.

The data to be reported annually by each facility for which the applicable thresholds are exceeded are the following:

  • Releases to air, water and land of any of the 91 E-PRTR pollutants ;
  • Off-site transfers of any of the 91 E-PRTR pollutants in waste water destined for waste-water treatment outside the facility;
  • Off-site transfers of waste (reported as tonnes per year) for recovery or disposal. For transboundary movements of hazardous waste outside the reporting country, details of the waste receivers have to be provided.

The reported releases include any introduction of any of the listed pollutants into the environment as a result of any human activity, whether deliberate, accidental, routine or non-routine, at the site of the facility.

E-PRTR also contains information on releases from diffuse sources into water which will be upgraded and extended gradually.