POLLUTANTS : REVIEW CONFIRMS NEED TO KEEP CUTTING INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION.
Emissions of certain industrial pollutants in the European Union are still rising, according to a report made public on 7 June by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (EEA). The second European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) - the first to cover the EU25 plus Norway - confirms the trends already noted the previous year.
Emissions of around two-thirds of the 50 industrial air and water pollutants have dropped, particularly nitrogen pollutants released into water bodies (-14.5%), different types of phosphorous (-12%) and emissions of dioxins/furans into the atmosphere (-22.5%). On the other hand, there is an upward trend in emissions of certain pollutants like carbon dioxide, which rose by 5.7% between 2001 and 2004. In 2004, key tools to control carbon dioxide emissions, such as the EmissioTrading Scheme (ETS), were not yetin place.
The EPER registers the emissions of large and medium-sized industrial facilities in all the EU member states plus Norway. It covers 50 air and water pollutants. This second EPER report evaluates industrial emissions up to 2004. It may be consulted at www.eper.ec.europa.eu.
The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (European PRTR) is set to replace the EPER (EC Regulation 166/2006) and will be published in 2009 based on 2007 data. The PRTR will cover 91 substances emitted by industrial plants in 65 different fields of economic activity, as well as diffuse sources such as road traffic, domestic heating and agriculture.