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About the Industrial Emission Portal

The Industrial Emissions Portal covers over 60,000 industrial sites from 65 economic activities across Europe [1]. These activities are within the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Production and processing of metals
  • Mineral industry
  • Chemical industry
  • Waste and waste water management
  • Paper and wood production and processing
  • Intensive livestock prdocution and aquaculture
  • Animal and vegetable products from the food and beverage sector, and
  • Other activities

The Portal shows the sites’ location and administrative data; as well as their releases and transfers of regulated substances to air, water, and land; and waste transfers. For large combustion plants (LCPs), there is more detailed data on energy input and emissions.

Data can be browsed in our map of sites, here. Full datasets and guidance documents can be downloaded here. Various data analysis tools and visualisations can be found here. Finally, the Portal also includes a glossary .

The information contained in the Portal is reported annually and requested under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), via the EU Registry on Industrial Sites (EU Registry) and the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR). As of June 2021, this portal has replaced the E-PRTR website.

IED

The IED (Directive 2010/75/EU) aims at achieving a high level of protection of human health and the environment taken as a whole by reducing harmful industrial emissions across the EU, in particular through better application of Best Available Techniques (BAT).

Around 50,000 installations undertaking the industrial activities listed in Annex I of the IED are required to operate in accordance with a permit (granted by the authorities in the Member States).

This permit should contain conditions set in accordance with the principles and provisions of the IED. Visit the Commission’s dedicated website for more details on the legislation as well as information and data on the IED implementation, transposition and evaluation.

EU Registry

The EU Registry represents an annual reporting stream that facilitates the annual reporting to the EEA of administrative and identification data pertaining to sites and facilities defined under the E-PRTR and installations, LCPs or waste incinerators covered under the IED. The data is collected as per the Commission’s Implementing Decision 2018/1135.

E-PRTR

E-PRTR is implemented by Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 and Commission Implementing Decision 2019/1741. Facilities that meet certain criteria need to report under E-PRTR. First, they need to fall under at least one of the 65 economic activities in Annex I of the Regulation and exceed at least one of the E-PRTR capacity thresholds. Secondly, they need to release pollutants which exceed specific thresholds specified for air, water and land in Annex II of the Regulation.

Finally, they transfer waste off-site which exceed specific thresholds set out in Article 5 of the Regulation.

91 pollutants are included in E-PRTR. They fall under the following seven groups:

  • Greenhouse gases
  • Other gases
  • Heavy metals
  • Pesticides
  • Chlorinated organic substances
  • Other organic substances
  • Inorganic substances

For a list of pollutants with their description, characteristics and reporting thresholds visit our Pollutants page.

The register contributes to transparency and public participation in environmental decision-making. It implements the European Community the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) PRTR Protocol to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.

For additional details on the evolution of the Regulation, its implementation and its evaluation and revision processes, please visit the Commission’s dedicated website.

Data gaps

A number of reporting countries have to date not submitted some of the most recent data.

Norway and Slovakia did not report data under the EU Registry. Data for reporting year 2018 for Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, and Portugal is incomplete.

Data for reporting year 2019 for Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Malta, Portugal and Switzerland is incomplete.

The portal will be updated and a new version will be made available as soon as missing reporting has been submitted.

Emissions to land have generally been very scarcely reported and the data is incomplete. As a result these have not been included of the current version of the portal. We are assessing how to improve this in the future and we plan to include these emissions in the portal in due course.

Finally, the EEA, supported by its ETC (ETC/ATNI) mapped data historically reported to the E-PRTR (2007-2016) and IED (LCP inventory 2016 and 2017) to the new data model used for this portal. This was possible by using as starting point administrative data reported under EU Registry, E-PRTR and Large Combustion Plants for reporting year 2017. Thematic data regarding pollutant releases and transfers as well as waste transfers reported to the E-PRTR for reporting years 2007 to 2016 have been made available for download in the Download section of the portal. Work is ongoing to incorporate this data as a feature of the map viewer of this portal. The final stages of this process are progressing well and this will be incorporated as soon as possible.

[1] Geographical coverage: EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom