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EU launches comprehensive pollution database.

THE EUROPEAN Commission has published an inventory of potential European Union (EU) pollution from non-industrial sources--such as cars, aeroplanes, ships and household appliances--as a first step towards creating a comprehensive detailed emissions database. Brussels wants to help environmental policy-makers develop better targeted proposals, which have been stymied in the past by non-industrial pollution estimates, which are notoriosly tough to measure accurately because they come from a huge number of sources. EU environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "With this inventory we will now have a complete picture of the sources and total amounts of pollutants." Brussels plans to collate as much data as possible to compile an improved European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, which would be launched in 2009, using 2007 data. This would replace the existing European Pollutant Emission Register, which includes data from 9,200 industrial plants. A Commission note said initial results suggest that diffuse pollution is substantial', "with more impact than industrial pollution in some cases", especially from road transport, domestic heating and agriculture. For example, copper pollution from car braking systems emitted 260 tonnes of copper into the environment in 2003, twice that from regulated factories and foundries. Statistics would be pooled from sources, including member states, EU institutions and UN agencies. *
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Author:Nuthall, Keith
Publication:International News
Date:Sep 1, 2006
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