EU emissions inventory readied for expansion

Commission tables pollutant release and transfer registry plan, assesses experience with Eper

The EU's industrial pollution inventory Eper is to be substantially expanded from 2009 under proposals for a European pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). Tabled by the European Commission on Friday, the plan will bring EU practice into line with a pan-European PRTR protocol agreed in 2003 (EED 31/01/03).

When it was launched in February, Eper was greeted as a landmark in public provision of environmental information in the EU. On Friday, the European Commission said the database had been a "huge success", with over 100,000 visitors in its first three months. It issued a report reviewing in detail how well Eper has worked in its first phase.

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