A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is a publicly accessible database or inventory of chemicals or pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment. It brings together information about which chemicals are being released, where, how much and by whom. The PRTR register is intended to make it easier for citizens to gain information about emissions to the environment. So, the register contributes to transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making.

Key features of a PRTR include: periodic collection of information to allow tracking of trends over time; the use of common identifiers for chemicals, facilities and locations to facilitate comparison and aggregation of the data; computerization of the information for ease of analysis; and dissemination of the information to government policy makers and the general public. Trends in the data can reveal the progress being made by individual facilities or industrial sectors in reducing waste and minimizing pollution, or for identifying opportunities for improvement.

To summarize, a PRTR is a mean for obtaining regular, periodic information about releases and/or transfers of chemical substances of interest and for making this information accessible to those who may be interested and/or affected by it. As such, a PRTR is a tool for promoting efficient and effective policies for environmental protection and sustainable development.

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.