Legislative instrument details: EPER decision

Legal name 2000/479/EC: Commission Decision of 17 July 2000 on the implementation of a European pollutant emission register (EPER) according to Article 15 of Council Directive 96/61/EC concerning integrated pollution prevention and control (IPPC)
Short name EPER decision
CELEX reference 32000D0479
Identification number 2000/479/EC
Issued by European Commission
URL to issuer http://ec.europa.eu/comm/environment/ipp...
Parent legislative instrument
Valid from 28/07/2000
Abstract Repeal of EPER Decision (2000/479/EC) was published on 15/06/2007 (2007/C 110/01)


One goal of EPER was to meet the needs for the public’s right to know of emissions (releases) from industry to the environment as agreed in the Aarhus Convention (http://www.unece.org/env/pp/documents/cep43e.pdf). Member States shall report to the Commission every three years on emissions from all individual facilities with one or more activities as mentioned in Annex I to Directive 96/61/EC. The report must include the emissions to air and direct and indirect emissions to water for all pollutants for which the threshold values are exceeded; both pollutants and threshold values are specified in Annex A1 of Decision 2000/479/EC (26 pollutants for water, 37 for air). The emission data shall be reported for each facility according to the format of Annex A2 of Decision 2000/479/EC. In addition, Member States shall also provide the Commission with an overview report, which includes the national totals of all reported emissions for each of the source categories.
Reporting framework
Reporting obligations
DG Env review of reporting theme IPPPC
Geographic scope European Union
Comments “The EPER decision (and the register) has become obsolete following the creation of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) through Regulation

166/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 January 2006 concerning the establishment of a European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register and

amending Council Directives 91/689/EEC and 96/61/EC. E-PRTR implements fully the obligations of the UN-ECE PRTR Protocol, which was signed in May 2003 and entered into force on 8 October 2009. The obligations under the E-PRTR Regulation extend beyond the scope of EPER mainly in terms of the number of industrial activities and substances which are covered by the reporting and the additional coverage of releases to land, off-site transfers of waste and releases from diffuse sources. The reporting is annual with the first reporting year being the year 2007. The data reported under the EPER decision have been integrated in the E-PRTR website.”