Origins and Objective of the new International Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Coordinating Group
The overall objective of the International PRTR Coordinating Group is to improve coordination between international organisations, Governments and other interested parties in their ongoing and planned efforts related to the further development and implementation of PRTR systems. The Coordinating Group serves to promote capacity-building for PRTR systems in developing countries and countries with economies in transition through intergovernmental coordination.
The International PRTR Coordinating Group is a successor body to the Inter-Organisational Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) PRTR Co-ordinating Group, which concluded its activities in June 2005. At the concluding meeting of the IOMC PRTR Co-ordinating group, the members agreed to establish a new body to continue to foster interagency dialogue and cooperation.
The International PRTR Coordinating Group further recognised that it might also serve as a reporting mechanism for the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), in particular to measure progress on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Action Plan and to analyse trends in national implementation of PRTR systems. Regional SAICM meetings could also provide opportunities for the Coordinating Group to provide information on national developments and promote the exchange of good practice.
The Coordinating Group also promotes synergies between multilateral environmental agreements dealing with pollutants and has contributed information to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the ad hoc open ended working group on mercury.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Spain serve on the Bureau of the International PRTR Coordinating Group. The UNECE Aarhus Convention Secretariat also serves as secretariat.
The terms of reference of the International PRTR Coordinating group are available here
- Meetings and Documents
Meetings of the International PRTR Coordinating Group
Documents to the Fifteenth meeting (Paris, 25 January 2023)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2023)XV/1)
Documents to the Fourteenth meeting (online, 26 January 2022)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2022)XIV/1) Report (PRTRCG(2022)XIV/2) Draft Terms of Reference DOC List of participants
Documents to the thirteenth meeting (online, 27 January 2021)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2021)XIII/1) Report (PRTRCG(2021)XIII/2) Note on Improving leverage of existing Global PRTR portal websites List of participants
Documents to the twelfth meeting (Paris, France, 15 October 2019)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2019)XII/1) Report (PRTRCG(2019)XII/2) Draft note on Improving leverage of existing Global PRTR portal websites DOC List of participants
Documents to the eleventh meeting (New York, United States of America, 29 June 2017)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2017)XI/1) Report (PRTRCG(2017)XI/2) List of Participants
Documents to the tenth meeting (Paris, France, 5 October 2016)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2016)X/1) Report (PRTRCG(2016)X/2) PRTR-global-map List of Participants
Documents to the ninth meeting (Santiago, Chile, 8 October 2014)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2014)IX/1) Report (PRTRCG(2014)IX/2) PRTR-global-map List of Participants
Documents to the eight meeting (Geneva, 22 November 2013)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2013)VIII/1) Report (PRTRCG(2013)VIII/2) List of Participants
Documents to the seventh meeting (Paris, 12 September 2012)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2012)VII/1) Report (PRTRCG(2012)VII/2) List of Participants
Documents to the sixth meeting (Paris, 6 October 2011)
Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2011)VI/1) Report of the sixth meeting (PRTRCG(2011)VI/2) List of participants
Documents to the fifth meeting (Paris, 18 May 2010)
Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2010)V/1) Report of the fifth meeting (PRTRCG(2010)V/2) List of Participants
Documents to the special session (Geneva, 22 April 2010)
Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2010)Special/1) Report of the special session (PRTRCG(2010)Special/2) List of participants
Documents to the fourth meeting (Paris, 10 March 2009)
Provisional agenda (PRTRCG(2009)IV/1 rev.) Report of the fourth meeting SAICM Global Plan of Action Table A and B (p. 37 ff) (PRTR(2009)IV.3) Revised Terms of Reference (PRTRCG(2009)IV/4) List of participants Related documents: Strategic Appoach to International Chemicals Management : SAICM texts and resolutions of the International Conference on Chemicals Management
Documents to the third meeting (Paris, 11 March 2008)
Provisional Agenda (PRTRCG(2008)III/1) Report of the third meeting (PRTRCG(2009)IV/2) Reporting obligations under the Aarhus Convention and the development of a reporting mechanism under the Kiev Protocol on PRTRs (PRTRCG(2008)III/3) Building Capacity for Environmental Monitoring and Reporting by Enterprises and Public Authorities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and Western Balkan countries: A Concept Proposal (PRTRCG(2008)III/4) Draft recommendations for revision of the PRTR capacity-building activities matrix for ICCM reporting by IGOs (PRTRCG(2008)III/6) Related documents: Possible indicators for reporting on SAICM implementation by IGOs (prepared by the SAICM Secretariat) Regional Environment Center PRTR capacity-building activities, 2007-08
Documents to the second meeting (Copenhagen, 26 February 2007)
Summary report of the second meeting (PRTRCG(2008)III/2) Terms of Reference
Information paper: Opportunities for technical cooperation and capacity-building.
List of Participants Related documents: Modalities for reporting on SAICM
PRTR capacity-building activities
Revised Guidelines for Strengthening Environmental Monitoring and Reporting by Enterprises
Documents to the first meeting (Ghent, Belgium, 20 March 2006)
Report of the first meeting Executive summary report of the first meeting Draft Terms of Reference (revision 2)
Note on ICCM
List of Participants
- Other relevant information
PRTR as a Reporting Mechanism for Mercury Releases and Transfers (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/WG.Prep.1/INF/2)
UNEP Governing Council Decision 25/5 (III) specifically requests that an International Negotiating Committee (INC) be convened with the mandate of developing a global legally binding instrument on mercury. The INC should consider inter alia provisions to reduce atmospheric emissions of mercury, to address compliance, to address mercury containing waste and to increase knowledge through awareness raising and scientific information exchange. The INC should also consider prioritization of the various sources of mercury releases for action, as well as the need to achieve cooperation and coordination with relevant provisions contained in other international agreements and processes.
Specifically looking to a global legally-binding instrument on mercury, PRTRs offer the potential to:
- Enhance and consolidate national mercury emissions inventories;
- Provide reliable information on anthropogenic mercury emissions at the facility, state (regional) and national level;
- Inform on location and quantities (measured and/or estimated) of mercury used and mercury wastes;
- Identify hot-spots on mercury emissions;
- Provide information on emissions trends over the years;
- Facilitate access to updated information on mercury emissions;
- Facilitate stakeholders involvement through the inherent participation of stakeholders in the PRTR development process;
- Assist countries to comply with foreseen reporting requirements of the treaty; and
- Serve as a practical basis from which the effectiveness of voluntary and regulatory actions intended to decrease mercury emissions can be assessed.
Further information on PRTR and mercury may be found in the information document prepared by the International PRTR Coordinating Group for submittal to the Open Ended Working Group on mercury meeting in Bangkok, 19-23 October 2009.
Aarhus Clearinghouse Resource Directory / PRTRs - English (UNECE)
Kiev Protocol on PRTRs to the Aarhus Convention
PRTR Learn - English, Russian and Spainish (UNITAR)
Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers - PRTR data centres - English and French(OECD)
PRTR.net - Global portal to Pollutant Release and Transfer information - English, French, Russian, Spanish and German (OECD, UNECE, UNEP, Grid-Arendal)