Scoping Study on Releases from Products with a Proposal of the Next Steps

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A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is an environmental database or inventory of potentially harmful chemicals and/or pollutants released to air, water and soil, and transferred off-site for treatment. A PRTR brings together in one place information about what pollutants are being released, how much and by whom. The overall objective of this project was to establish a basis for possible future inclusion of information on releases from products in PRTRs. In this Scoping study on Releases from Products, information was collected on the present status of estimating releases from products and the used techniques, as well as on priority products and substances included in PRTRs in OECD member countries.




Estimation of releases from products has been identified as a challenging and thus far poorly known area. Based on the general support and guidance of the 36th Joint Meeting, a Scoping Study on Releases from Products was included in the 2005–2008 work programme of the OECD Task Force on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs). During the first phase of the project the scope was to justify this work and collect the existing information. The collected detailed information has been presented to the Task Force on PRTRs, but is not included in this report. The purpose of the second phase was to analyse strategies for the inclusion of releases from products in PRTRs. This report summarises the outcome of both phases. The project was funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and managed by the Nordic PRTR Group.


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