On 5 April 2022, the Commission adopted proposals for revised EU measures to address pollution from large industrial installations. These proposals concern revision of the E-PRTR Regulation (to create the Industrial Emissions Portal) and revision of the Industrial Emissions Directive. A Factsheet and Questions & Answers accompany the proposals.
In line with the European Green Deal, the overall aim of these proposals is to progress towards the EU’s zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment and to support climate, energy and circular economy policies.
More specifically, the new rules aim to:
As outlined below, these proposals were preceded by an evaluation (to assess E-PRTR implementation) and an impact assessment (to identify measures to address implementation shortcomings).
You may find further documents that present the proposals here.
The 2017 E-PRTR evaluation was instrumental in informing the Commission’s second report to the European Parliament and the Council on progress in implementing the E-PRTR Regulation (COM(2017) 810). In early 2020, a review of E-PRTR implementation was completed, looking in detail at the industrial activities and pollutants within the scope of the E-PRTR Regulation.
The main areas where there may be potential for improving the E-PRTR are:
These issues broadly correspond to the areas for improvement identified by the evaluation of the IED.
E-PRTR impact assessment
The Commission undertook an impact assessment to examine the need for EU action to address E-PRTR implementation shortcomings and to analyse the possible impacts of available solutions. This provided evidence to inform the Commission in its decision-making for proposing revisions to the E-PRTR Regulation.
Key milestones in the impact assessment included:
You can see information on all consultation steps here.
The main consultant report supporting the Impact Assessment is available here.
For details on revision of the closely-related Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU), see our dedicated page.