Swiss pollution inventory set for 2007 launch

Switzerland adopts pollutant release and transfer register under by UN protocol, shuns EU gold-plating

The Swiss government has approved the creation of a comprehensive pollution inventory to be set up in compliance with a UN protocol agreed in 2003. The inventory will be less comprehensive than the EU’s own response to the protocol, the EPER inventory.

From 2007 companies will have to record information on pollutant releases to air and water and on waste transfers above thresholds laid down in a law adopted by the government on Friday. Annual online reporting to the public will begin from 2008.

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