Transfer Registers

A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a catalogue or database of releases and transfers of potentially harmful chemicals including information on the nature and quantity of such releases and transfers. The data for PRTRs can be collected from point sources of pollution, such as factories, as well as from diffuse sources, such as agricultural operations or transportation activities. A typical PRTR covers releases to air, water and land as well as wastes transported to treatment and disposal sites.

OECD - The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental organization made up of representatives from 34 countries in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the European Commission, who regularly meet to coordinate and synchronize policies, discuss issues of mutual concern, and work together to respond to international problems.

EPER -European Pollutant Emission Register

The European Pollutant Emission Register (EPER) is a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register providing access to information on the annual emissions of industrial facilities in the Member States of the European Union (EU), as well as Norway. This has since been replaced and improved upon by the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).

 Aarhus Convention

The UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters was adopted on 25th June 1998 in the Danish city of Aarhus.
The Convention originates in the 1992 Rio Declaration, specifically Principle 10 on the Environment. Principle 10 sets out three fundamental rights: access to information, access to public participation and access to justice, as key pillars of sound environmental governance.


This web page was developed within the project “Support Establishment and Advancement of Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) in Western Balkan Countries and in Moldova” funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany under the Program Consultative Support (AAP) for Environmental Protection in the Central and Eastern European Countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighboring the European Union, supervised by the German Environment Agency (UBA),  and implemented by  the Regional Environmental Center (REC), in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the EcoContact Public Association.