Pollutant release and transfer register


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. OECD has played a key role in developing the concept of a PRTR and supported the development and implementation of a PRTR in member countries.


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. 


Introduc*0tion to PRTRs
IntroductionA Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a key tool for governments to provide the public with data regarding the amount of chemicals and pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment or disposal.
OECD Activities on PRTRs
‌‌‌ActivitySince 1996 when the OECD started to encourage the development of PRTRs, OECD has been supporting the development & implementation of PRTR by developing technical guidelines & disseminating information. 

Databases on PRTRs

databaseOECD has developed three databases in order to encourage governments and other stakeholders to share PRTR data and technical information.

Publications on PRTRs

PublicationsThe OECD has developed practical tools and guidance to help implementation of a PRTR.

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