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The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

Welcome to E-PRTR

New: Public consultation on the REFIT evaluation of the E-PRTR Regulation

The European Commission is carrying out an extensive evaluation of the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and the EU added value of the E-PRTR Regulation. This process is happening during the course of 2015 and 2016. Learn more about it here.

This is part of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance program (aka REFIT) to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly.

A public consultation has been launched to get your opinions as user of the E-PRTR. The consultation aims to provide for specific consideration of the views of European citizens, businesses and policy makers.

Your participation is of high value for the European Commission. Please access to the questionnaire here.


The European PRTR

The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is the Europe-wide register that provides easily accessible key environmental data from industrial facilities in European Union Member States and in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland. The register contains data reported annually by more than 30,000 industrial facilities covering 65 economic activities across Europe.

For each facility, information is provided concerning the amounts of pollutant releases to air, water and land as well as off-site transfers of waste and of pollutants in waste water from a list of 91 key pollutants including heavy metals, pesticides, greenhouse gases and dioxins for years 2007 onwards. Some information on releases from diffuse sources is also available and will be gradually enhanced.

The register contributes to transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making. It implements for the European Community the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) PRTR Protocol to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.

European Environment Agency
European Environment Agency (EEA), Kongens Nytorv 6, 1050 Copenhagen K, Denmark