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Experiences in implementing the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)

Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs, interested UN Member States, NGOs, public and other interested stakeholders are invited to provide their possible comments on the two following documents:

Please provide your possible comments on the above documents before 20 August 2020 to the following email address: prtr.survey@un.org

Considering importance of the document, Parties, in particular, are strongly encouraged to participate in this consultation.

The above report is being drafted by the Protocol’s Bureau pursuant to the decision of the Protocol’s Working Group of the Parties made at its seventh meeting  (Geneva, 28-29 November 2019) with a view to preparing for the next session of the Meeting of the Parties (see meeting’s report (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/2, item 6), available at https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=50979).

The report was prepared on the basis of the outcomes of the survey aimed at facilitating the information exchange among Parties, other interested States and stakeholders. It was open for responses between 5 February and 10 March 2020. Information on the survey along with the background material is available below.

The Bureau considered the responses received and prepared the above draft documents. Comments submitted on the documents will be considered by the Bureau in preparation of the next draft report for the Working Group of the Parties at its eighth meeting (16-17 December 2020).

Survey on experiences in implementing the Protocol on PRTRs

Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs, interested UN Member States, NGOs, public and other interested stakeholders were invited to participate in a survey on experiences in implementing the Protocol.

Considering the importance of the outcomes of the survey, Parties, in particular, were strongly encouraged to participate in this important exercise.

The survey was organised by the Protocol’s Bureau pursuant to the decision of the Protocol’s Working Group of the Parties made at its seventh meeting  (Geneva, 28-29 November 2019) with a view to preparing for the next session of the Meeting of the Parties (see meeting’s report (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/2, item 6), available at https://www.unece.org/index.php?id=50979).

The survey was also aimed at facilitating the information exchange among Parties, other interested States and stakeholders. The responses received were considered by the Bureau for preparing its report to the Working Group of the Parties for its next meeting (16-17 December 2020).

The responses to the survey had to be provided before 10 March 2020 through the SurveyMonkey tool

 

 

Background material for information


•     Questions for the Survey on experiences in implementing the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) (Protocol_PRTR//Draft_report_experiences/2020/Inf.3)

·         Report on the development of the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/6) En Fr Ru and its Add (ECE/MP.PRTR/WG.1/2019/6/Add.1) En Fr Ru

·         Comparative analysis of different international reporting obligations related to Annexes I, II and III of the Protocol on PRTRs (PRTR/WG.1/2019/Inf.2)

·         Overview on Parties and Signatories to other relevant international agreements

·         Text of the Protocol on PRTRs in different languages

·         Global Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, Proposal for a Harmonised List of Pollutants (OECD ENV/JM/MONO(2014)32, available form http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=env/jm/mono(2014)32&doclanguage=en). The document provides more detailed information on the topic, including on the OECD shortlist.

·         Global Pollutant Release and Transfer Register, Proposal for a Harmonised List of Reporting Sectors (OECD ENV/JM/MONO(2013)5, available form http://www.oecd.org/officialdocuments/publicdisplaydocumentpdf/?cote=env/jm/mono(2013)5&doclanguage=en). The document provides more detailed information on the topic, including on the OECD sector shortlist which uses International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC) code to identify common activities/sectors across different PRTR systems and the Protocol.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the secretariat at prtr.survey@un.org if you have any questions related to the survey.