Date released: August 22, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data today on Ireland’s national pollutant and transfer register. This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland. The information supports EU-wide reporting through the European Commission’s e-Register website which contains data reported annually by more than 34,000 industrial facilities across 33 European Countries.
Covering 91 pollutants from 417 large industrial facilities in Ireland, the data indicates trends across a number of key parameters. Findings from the 2017 data include:
Patrick Geoghegan, EPA Senior Manager said:
“The data on hazardous waste transfers indicates that the positive trend to send hazardous waste for recovery treatment, rather than disposal, continued in 2017. However, it also highlights that Ireland has not moved significantly towards self-sufficiency. A lack of domestic infrastructure and the often more favourable cost option of treatment and disposal abroad have meant that export continues to be a significant treatment route for Ireland’s hazardous waste.”
The pollutant release and transfer register provides greater transparency among stakeholders and incentivises industry to establish clean production techniques and pollution abatement equipment to reduce emissions. The Irish Pollutant Register can be viewed here.
Further information: Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editor
Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR): The data contained within the Register does not present an assessment of environmental performance at any particular facility, nor does it assess the impact of reported emissions on the local/national environment. EPA licensed operations are regulated and monitored by the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement in accordance with licence conditions.
The European Communities (European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Regulations, 2007, S.I. No. 123 of 2007) signed into Irish Law on the 22nd March 2007 the E-PRTR Regulation, (EC) No. 166/2006, concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register.
PRTR Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 649 of 2011) signed into law on the 13th December 2011, established an Irish pollutant release and transfer register in the form of a publicly accessible electronic database.
The E-PRTR Regulation has a number of principal objectives, as set out in Article 1 of the Regulation:
This Regulation establishes an integrated pollutant release and transfer register at Community level in the form of a publicly accessible electronic database and lays down rules for its functioning, in order to implement the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers and facilitate public participation in environmental decision-making, as well as contributing to the prevention and reduction of pollution of the environment.
Annex 1 of the PRTR Regulation (EC) No. 166 of 2006 lists the activities which are subject to reporting under E-PRTR.
Annex 2 of the E-PRTR Regulation lists the 91 substances that are subject to reporting under E-PRTR, above specified release thresholds.