European Union emission inventory report 1990–2009 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)

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Courtesy of European Environment Agency (EEA)

This report and its accompanying data are provided by the European Commission (on behalf of theEuropean Union) as an official submission to the secretariat for the Executive Body of the LRTAP Convention.

The report provides information on the formal institutional arrangements that underpin the European Union's emission inventory (Chapter 1);emission trends reported by Member States, and the contribution of key categories to total emissions (Chapter 2); sector group emission trendsfor key pollutants (Chapter 3); and information on recalculations and planned improvements(Chapter 4).

EU27 emission totals are estimated for the pollutants for which data should be reported under the LRTAP Convention, i.e. emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs), sulphur oxides(SOX), ammonia (NH3) and carbon monoxide (CO), of particulate matter emissions (PM2.5 and PM10), of the so-called 'priority' heavy metals lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg), and certain persistent organic pollutants (POPs), specifically polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/polychlorinateddibenzofurans (PCDD/F), total polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (total PAHs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Emission estimates are not always available for all pollutants in each year due to gaps in the data reported by Member States. The more complete gap-filling process that was trialled in 2010 for the compilation of the EU inventory was refined in 2011. Nevertheless, for certain pollutants (i.e.particulate matter, the heavy metals and POPs) some Member States did not report data for any year, which meant that gap-filling techniques could not be applied. For these pollutants, the EU27 total thus remains incomplete. The details of the gap-filling methodology used are provided in Section 1.4 of this chapter.

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