Implementing EPER and PRTR in Hungary Ministry of Environment and Water Environmental Deputy State Secretary Róbert RAKICS Aarhus Convention Aarhus Convention on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters Art 5, 9.: „Each Party shall take steps to establish progressively, taking into account international processes where appropriate, a coherent, nationwide system of pollution inventories or registers on a structured, computerized and publicly accessible database compiled through standardized reporting.” Pollutant Release and és Transfer Register (PRTR) UN-ECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR): 21 May 2003, Kiev: Ministerial Conference „Environment for Europe” signed by the EC, 15 Member States, 8 Accession Countries (including Hungary) and 13 others Joining the first EPER reporting 23 February 2004: Launch event for EPER Reporting website at the European Environmental Agency, Copenhagen Hungary, as the first of the Accession countries, joined the EPER reporting. www.eper.cec.eu.int EPER differs from PRTR (1) EPER PRTR 50 pollutants 86 pollutants 56 activities 64 activities reporting every annual reporting 3 years EPER differs from PRTR (2) EPER PRTR + releases to land + off-site transfers of waste + diffuse sources + public participation in decision-making Hungarian EPER data ~ 1000 IPPC facilities in Hungary 86 facilities in the first EPER reporting (18 combustion installations, 4-4 pulp and paper industry, basic organic chemicals industry and pharmaceutical industry …) !!Data quality!! EPER-PRTR implementation strategy (1) – Establishment of the PRTR system with step-by-step improvement of EPER in order to achieve high quality of emission data. – Hungary intends to implement the PRTR in line with EU’s development plan, ensuring thorough co-ordination with EU and its Member States. – As a first step, data based on EPER Decision are considered as an initial PRTR and it is made publicly available. PRTR is planned to be further developed by the following steps: EPER-PRTR implementation strategy (2) – step 1, 2004 - Creation of a database meeting requirements laid down in EPER Decision - step 2, 2005-2006 - Analysis of the options to extend EPER - Development of EPER into EPER+ by including emissions to land as well as off-site transfer of wastes - Working out changes in national law necessary for the EPER/PRTR system – step 3, 2007-2008 - Implementation of a comprehensive EPER/PRTR system by upgrading EPER+ to complete list of pollutants, activities etc. Thank you for your attention!
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