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European Union emission inventory report 1990–2012 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)


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This document is the annual European Union (EU) emission inventory report under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) (UNECE, 1979). The report and its accompanying data constitute the official submission by the European Commission on behalf of the EU as a party, to the Executive Secretary of UNECE. The report is compiled by the European Environment Agency (EEA) in cooperation with the EU Member States.

Under the LRTAP Convention, parties (including the EU) are obliged and invited to report emissions data for numerous air pollutants:

  • main pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOX), non.methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), sulphur oxides (SOX), ammonia (NH3) and carbon monoxide (CO);
  • particulate matter (PM): primary PM (fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and coarse particulate matter (PM10) and total suspended particulates (TSPs);
  • priority heavy metals (HMs): lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg);
  • additional HMs: arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn);
  • persistent organic pollutants (POPs): polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/ dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
  • additional reporting of the individual PAHs benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k) fluoranthene and indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene.

These pollutants harm human health and the environment. In addition, certain species also contribute to the formation of ozone (O3) and PM in the atmosphere, and have an indirect and direct effect on radiative forcing and hence on the climate.

This report describes:

  • the institutional arrangements and preparation processes that underpin the EU's emission inventory, methods and data sources, the key category analyses, and information on uncertainty, completeness and underestimations (Chapter 1);
  • emission trends for the EU-28 as a whole and for individual Member States, and the contribution made by important individual emission sources to emissions (Chapter 2);
  • sectoral analyses and emission trends for key pollutants (Chapter 3);
  • information on recalculations as well as planned and implemented improvements (Chapter 4).

Emission data presented in this report are included in the accompanying annexes and are also available for direct download through the EEA's data service (1) (EEA, 2014a).

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