Improving Cleaner Production through Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Reporting Processes

Kolominskas, Chaim and Sullivan, Rory (2004) Improving Cleaner Production through Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Reporting Processes. Journal of Cleaner Production, 12 7: 713-724. doi:10.1016/S0959-6526(03)00057-X

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Author Kolominskas, Chaim
Sullivan, Rory
Title Improving Cleaner Production through Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Reporting Processes
Journal name Journal of Cleaner Production   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6526
Publication date 2004-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0959-6526(03)00057-X
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 12
Issue 7
Start page 713
End page 724
Total pages 12
Editor Huisingh, Don
Ashford, N. A.
Ekvall, T.
Baumann, H.
Korhonen, J.
Miller, G.
Montalvo Corral, C.
Suppen, N.
Subject 291100 Environmental Engineering
300801 Environmental Management and Rehabilitation
Abstract An effective cleaner production programme requires the efficient collection and interpretation of data relating to a facility's activities, including information of pollutant emissions, wastes generated and raw materials consumed. Many of these data are required to be collected and reported under national Pollutant Release and Transfers Registers (PRTRs) which are an increasingly common environmental policy tool in the OECD countries. This article considers the relationship between cleaner production and PRTR reporting, and discusses whether cleaner production programmes can be enhanced by the use of PRTR data. A case-study of a fertiliser manufacturing facility reporting under the Australian National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is used to analyse and illustrate the practical issues around linking cleaner production with PRTR reporting. PRTR reporting can assist in identifying cleaner production opportunities and in generating the data sets required to design, implement and monitor cleaner production programmes. There are, however, some limitations in PRTR data that need to be recognised. Specifically, these are issues around data quality and comparability (e.g. PRTRs rely heavily on default emissions factors rather than the monitoring data that are generally required for cleaner production programmes) and the different data sets required for PRTR reporting (which generally require reporting at the site level rather than at the individual process unit level that is required for cleaner production).
Keyword PRTR
cleaner production
pollutant release and transfers register
emissions estimation
National Pollutant Inventory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Originally published as Chaim Kolominskas and Rory Sullivan (2004) Improving cleaner production through pollutant release and transfer register reporting processes, Journal of Cleaner Production, 12 (7) : 713-724. doi:10.1016/S0959-6526(03)00057-X Copyright 2004 Elsevier. All rights reserved. Single copies only may be downloaded and printed for a user's personal research and study.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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Created: Fri, 21 Oct 2005, 10:00:00 EST by Chaim Kolominskas on behalf of School of Engineering