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1 Pollutant Emissions to Water E-PRTR Reporting requirements Thematic Eionet Workshop 11 September 2008

2 Content of the presentation Reporting obligations of the register PRTR Reporting cycle vs other legal obligation Focus on: Point sources Diffuse sources Off-site transfers Data access and Confidentiality Further streamlining opportunities

3 What is EPER/European PRTR? An on-line register with data on Industrial Releases

4 From EPER to E-PRTR European Pollutant Emission Register, based on IPPC Directive 12,000 facilities Triennial data (2001 and 2004) 50 substances and 32 different sectors Threshold values about 90% of the emissions of the industrial facilities European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, based on EPER Annual data from 2009 91 substances emitted from 65 different sectors (56 are IPPC activities) 71 are water pollutants (including priority substances) Extended scope: Off-site transfer of waste and of pollutants in wastewater Emissions caused by accidents on the site Releases to air, water (going into surface water body) and land Diffuse emissions

5 System = data flow+quality control+register The register is cost effective tool for: 1)Enhance harmonisation of data collection and transfer system 2)Monitor compliance 3)Setting priorities (knowledge based decision) 4)Raising environmental awareness Existing pollutants inventories PRTR

6 Reporting obligations of the register Information to be reported by MS on a regular base -Data collected by operators (yearly) 1.Release thresholds e.g. chromium emitted to water 50 kg/a (not activity based, coverage 90% of total releases par pollutant) 2.Indicative sector-specific sub-list of pollutants in the Guidance Document 3.Indication of parent company 4.Coding activities (according Annex I) 5.Release determination – analytical method and sampling methodologies measured (M), calculated (C) or estimated (E)

7 Direct emission releases vs off-site transfers Releases of pollutants into air: (A, D) Releases of pollutants into water: (B,E,F) Off-site transfer of pollutants into wastewater: (C) Threshold values for releases to water apply also in respect to the offsite transfer of pollutants in waste water surface water air Production of paper and board and other primary wood products Main Annex I activity Production of pulp from timber or similar fibrous materials Main Annex I activity Thermal power plant Annex I activity WWTP Facility P, Operator PFacility Q, Operator Q air A B C F E D cooling water Other installation Non-Annex I activity

8 Detail of reported data

9 PRTR Reporting cycle vs other legal obligation E-PRTR point sources Every year - starting from 2007 (on-line 2009) Releases into water prior to treatment as well as after treatments E-PRTR diffuse sources Ideally between 3-6 years Disaggregated data (total annual emissions from PRTR facilities) WFD every 6 years Aggregated data Identification of point and diffuse sources EQS between 2008-2010 Inventory of emissions, discharges and losses of all priority substances and pollutants for each RBD UWWT every 2 years disaggregated data

10 European PRTR – waste water transfers Off-site transfers of each pollutant destined for waste-water treatment Thresholds e.g. Total nitrogen 50 000 Kg/y Total phosphorus 5000 Kg/y M measured; Analytical method used C calculated; Calculation method used E estimated Additional data from activity 5(g) IOWWTPs (independently operated waste water treatment plants) for reporting year 2007: Name, address, permitted capacity in m3/day Annual loads of [TOC, Zn, Cu, AOX] released to water and off-site transfers of waste water To review the capacity threshold by 2010 the releases from facilities below 10,000 m3/day are needed: Apply the 90% rule to the received data: 90% of the total load of the pollutant shall be included in the reporting by facilities above the capacity threshold.

11 Emission calculation No measurement available ? For waste : use factors agreed on international, national or sectoral level which, for example, indicate the waste amount in relation to the material produced or the input of raw material. For water : mass balance or rough estimation, no emission factor approved internationally. EU WISE project (Water Framework Directive)

12 A coordinated effort: MS and operators cooperate to improve the quality of data Community wide electronic database informs the public about important pollutants emissions, mainly from IPPC installation Watch-dog: opportunity for the public to submit inputs, comments and information

13 Register functionalities Data accessibility: Tabular queries Geographical queries Graph chart Data download




17 Nitrogen releases direct to water


19 Nitrogen releases off-site transfer

20 Data access and Confidentiality Full data access -Emissions releases (ton/year) -Geographical coordinates -ID facility -Facility name * -Parent company name -Facility address -River Basin District -Main economic activity -NACE II code Confidentiality claim -Pollutant > pollutant group -* Natural person (agriculture) -Waste -Waste water

21 Data gap analysis I Getting the numbers to match up: making sure that what is reported is based on common data and approaches and has cross checking and reporting on differences Improving the accuracy of reported data: Includes a focus on actually using facility level data in national estimates and improving national statistics and the use of data from other instruments. Removing reporting duplication: Focussing on what steps/changes are needed to reduce duplicative/redundant reporting elements. Develop SEIS type eReporting ideas.

22 Data gap analysis II Releases from diffuse sources -Gathering existing data 91 pollutants / agriculture, aviation, construction, domestic fuel combustion, fossil fuel distribution, SMEs, solvent use- road traffic -Compile an EU-wide inventory -When data is not available > Initiate corresponding reporting

23 Further streamlining opportunities Link and harmonise Facility ID (WISE-PRTR-IPPC-ETS) > SEIS Traceability Link numerical and descriptive data to spatial data > Integration of different database Apportionment: point source (UWWT~IOWWT) and diffuse sources identification Link emissions releases (discharge) and accidental releases (losses) into water bodies with discharge point ID and coordinates Compare aggregated data (WISE) and disaggregated data (PRTR) Eu-wide inventory for diffuse source (multi-pollutants, multi- sectors) > promote

24 Conclusions EPRTR Regulation Art.5 & 9 contains rules for determining how to collect data Operator is responsible for data collection and quality assurance MS responsible for quality assessment No ranking between M, C and E Best available information Internationally approved methodologies Importance of measurement for waste and water Traceability Data transformation according to different user needs ( PRTR data are very good for data aggregation)

25 European PRTR

26 For more information… DG ENV industrial emissions website EPER >E-PRTR website

27 Thanks for your attention Dania Cristofaro DG Environment - Directorate C Climate Change&Air Unit 4 Industrial Emissions & Protection of the ozone layer E-mail:

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