Ireland's Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

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Ireland's Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) provides a publicly accessible and searchable database which members of the public can use to search for installations in Ireland which are releasing PRTR pollutants in excess of specific thresholds or making off-site transfers of waste above specified thresholds for non-hazardous and hazardous wastes. The register also fulfills requirements of the Aarhus Convention, as a simple means of affording access to information about environmental emissions and transfers.

A facility must report data under European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) if it fulfils the following criteria:

  • the facility falls under at least one of the 65 E-PRTR economic activities. The activities are also reported using a statistical classification of economic activities (NACE rev 2)
  • the facility has a capacity exceeding at least one of the E-PRTR capacity thresholds (Annex I)
  • the facility releases pollutants or transfers waste off-site which exceed specific thresholds set out in Article 5 of the E-PRTR Regulation. These thresholds for releases of pollutants are specified for each media - air, water and land - in Annex II of the E-PRTR Regulation.

If a facility has emissions or waste transfers above the relevant thresholds, information is provided to the European Commission concerning the amount of pollutant releases to air, water and waste water as well as off-site transfers of waste. This information is then displayed on the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.

The E-PRTR covers the 27 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Switzerland. The register contains annual data reported by some 30,000 industrial facilities covering 65 economic activities within the following 9 industrial sectors:

  • Energy
  • Production and processing of metals
  • Mineral industry (includes quarries)
  • Chemical industry
  • Waste and waste water management (includes UWWTP, landfills and waste recovery and transfer stations)
  • Paper and wood production and processing
  • Intensive livestock production and aquaculture
  • Animal and vegetable products from the food and beverage sector, and
  • Other activities