"A Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) is an environmental database or inventory of potentially hazardous substances and/or pollutants released to air, water and soil and transferred off-site for treatment or disposal." - UNECE
In August 2013, IPE established a voluntary disclosure platform for PRTR data in China, and encourages high environmental impact enterprises to disclose their emissions and transfer data, particularly data regarding hazardous chemicals.
For more information, please see the report: Establishing a PRTR Disclosure System in China
Why should enterprises publish PRTR data?
According to Article 13 of the Measure for the Disclosure of Environmental Information by Enterprises and Public Institutions, the state encourages enterprises and institutions to voluntarily disclose relevant information that is conducive to protecting the environment, preventing pollution, and fulfilling social environmental responsibilities.
By publishing annual PRTR data, enterprises actively fulfill their primary responsibility to environmental protection. Furthermore, with greater information transparency, the government and environmental organizations can better understand bottlenecks in the system that impede environmental protection and put pressure on high impact areas; brands and investors can better understand environmental risks and status of enterprises; and suppliers themselves can measure and track year-on-year progress.
Where is public PRTR data displayed on the Blue Map Database? Do I need permission to access it?
Published PRTR data is displayed on the Enterprise Performance page under “Emissions Data”, and everyone who visits the website may access it.
Which enterprises should report PRTR data?
All enterprises can publish PRTR data on the Blue Map Database.
Please see: PRTR Reporting Guidance (Chinese).
IPE’s PRTR reporting template covers what kind of information?
The reporting template requests enterprises to fill out general information, energy use and carbon emissions, water use and wastewater pollutants, air emission volume and pollutants, and hazardous waste discharge and transfer information, among other content.
For more details, please see: PRTR data form template (Chinese).
How often do enterprises need to report PRTR data?
PRTR data is annual data; IPE suggests enterprises submit annual PRTR data collected over the past year.
PRTR data reporting process
PRTR reporting training materials
PRTR Data Submission Training Material (Chinese)
PRTR training tutorial video (no sound):