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


Commission report on progress in implementing Regulation (EC) 166/2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

Article 17 of the E-PRTR Regulation requires the Commission to review the information provided by Member States and publish every three years a report on the status of the E-PRTR implementation. The report of first three years of E-PRTR implementation (2007-2009) was adopted by the Commission on 5th March 2013 (COM (2013) 0111 final) and can be found here.

The study supporting the Commission report is available here.

On 6 June 2012, a stakeholder meeting took place where the findings of the study were discussed. The documents related to that meeting are available on the public E-PRTR CIRCABC interest group.    

Evaluation of the E-PRTR Regulation

In 2015-2016, the Commission, assisted by an external consultant, will carry out an extensive evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and the EU added value of the Regulation. This is part of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance program (aka REFIT) to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. In addition an assessment of the operation of the E-PRTR according to Article 17 of the Regulation will be carried out. The tentative timetable is as follows:

  • 3rd and 4th quarter 2014, 1st quarter 2015: preparatory work
  • 2nd and 3rd quarter 2015: public online consultation and consultation of stakeholders by survey and interview taking account of Article 12 of the E-PRTR Regulation, which foresees the provision of opportunities for the public to participate in the further development of the E-PRTR, this consultation aims to provide for specific consideration of the views of European citizens, businesses and policy makers.
  • 3rd quarter 2015: workshop presenting the preliminary results.
  • 4th quarter 2015: finalisation and publication of the consultancy study
  • 2016: finalisation and publication of evaluation

All related documents will be available on the dedicated CIRCABC site.

factoryGuidance document for implementation of the E-PRTR

The Guidance document is available here for download as pdf files (approximately 1,7Mb):

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The predecessor of E-PRTR: EPER Inventory

EPER was the European Pollutant Emission Register, the first European-wide register of industrial emissions into air and water, which was established by a Commission Decision of 17 July 2000.

According to the EPER Decision, Member States had to produce a triennial report, which covers the emissions of 50 pollutants to be included if the threshold values indicated in Annex A1 of the EPER Decision are exceeded.

The first reporting year was 2001 (although Member States also had the option of providing data for 2000 and 2002) and information was collected on the annual emissions of approx. 9 200 industrial facilities in the EU-15 and in Hungary and Norway.

The second reporting year was 2004 and includes data from approx. 12 000 industrial facilities in EU-25.

EPER data are available on the E-PRTR webpage.

Further contacts

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