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Evaluation and Revision under European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)

The Commission will propose a revision of EU measures addressing pollution from large industrial installations in 2021, as announced in the European Green Deal. The aims of the revision are to progress towards the EU’s zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment and to support climate, energy and circular economy policies.

E-PRTR evaluation

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:

  • Reviewing the scope of the regulation to cover other (agro)-industrial activities with significant releases and transfers, and new pollutants of concern.
  • Better coherence with related environmental legislation and collecting information that helps contribute to the circular economy and decarbonisation.
  • Addressing weaknesses in data (e.g. regarding waste) and exploring flexible ways of generating data.
  • Enhancing the quality, ease and speed of public access to information.

These issues broadly correspond to the areas for improvement identified by the evaluation of the IED.

E-PRTR revision

The Commission is launching the impact assessment with a view to table its proposal together with the IED revision proposal at the end of 2021. Consultations are expected to begin in autumn 2020.

Information on the impact assessment including all planned consultation activities will be posted on this webpage. Public consultations will be posted on the Commission’s Have Your Say website.