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Pollutant release and transfer register

Publications in the series on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

 

A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a publicly accessible database or inventory of chemicals or pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment. It brings together information about which chemicals are being released, where, how much and by whom.

 

What's new?

Countries are taking action against toxic chemicals emitted into air, water and land by industry. How can countries track progress made towards this target?

The new OECD report Using PRTR information to evaluate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 12 looks at Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers data as a means to track toxic releases to monitor chemical pollution to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.4.

This tracking system not only enhances transparency and accountability of industry but also measures progress towards SDG target 12.4. The report shows that pollutants have decreased by 47% from 2008 to 2017. This decreasing trend is also found even if the release values are normalised by manufacturing GDP of the countries or if they are converted to the Toxicity Impact Scores. 

  

Flagship publications

 a) Global PRTRs

 b) PRTR Data Application

 c) Release Estimation Techniques

Resource Compendium of PRTR:

All publications on PRTRs

 This series is divided between 3 types of publications:

  • Council Acts
  • Guidance Manuals (including Global PRTRs, Data application, Release estimation techniques, Workshop reports)
  • Other publications


1. COUNCIL ACTS
 

2018 Recommendation of the Council on Establishing and Implementing Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers C(2018)5   English French
2003 Amendment to the Recommendation of the Council on Implementing Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers C/(96)41/Final, as amended C(2003)87

English - French

1996 Recommendation of the Council on Implementing Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers  C(96)41/FINAL - English French


2. GUIDANCE MANUALS

a) Global PRTRs

2014 Guidance document on element of a PRTR: Part 1 ENV/JM/MONO(2014)33
2015 Guidance document on element of a PRTR: Part 2 ENV/JM/MONO(2015)45
2014 Proposal For A Harmonised List Of Pollutants  ENV/JM/MONO(2014)32
2013 Proposals for a Harmonised List or Reporting Sectors ENV/JM/MONO(2013)5
2001 Why PRTRs Differ: A Review of National Programmes ENV/JM/MONO(2001)16


b) PRTR Data Application

2019 Uses of PRTR Data and Tools for their Presentation: A Reference Manual ENV/JM/MONO(2019)35
2019 On the Use of PRTR Information in Evaluating Progress Towards Meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: An Action Plan for Analysis and Moving Forward ENV/JM/MONO(2019)33
2017 Framework on the Role of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) in Global Sustainability Analyses ENV/JM/MONO(2017)7
2013 Application, Use and Presentation of PRTR Data ENV/JM/MONO(2013)1
2000 Presentation and Dissemination of PRTR Data: Practices and Experiences - Getting the Words and Numbers Out ENV/JM/MONO(2000)17

  

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