Update of the Croatian Environment Pollutant Register

Closing event of Umweltbundesamt project in Zagreb

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Vienna/Zagreb, 5 July 2017 - On Wednesday 5 July 2017, a closing ceremony marked the official end of the Twinning project “Improvement of the Croatian Environmental Pollutant Register (EPR) and its Integration into the Croatian Environmental Information System”. Under this Project, experts from Austria, Germany and France - co-ordinated by the Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria - provided the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature with expertise and support. The purpose of the project was to further develop the Croatian EPR System in order to improve the collection, validation, and reporting processes of the Croatian EPR and to ensure data quality.

 

"Knowledge is the key to action. The improved emission data inventory provides easily accessible key environmental data and lies the basis for taking measures efficiently and for monitoring their implementation", said Georg Rebernig, Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria, at the closing ceremony in Zagreb on 5 July. The event was also attended by Andreas Wiedenhoff, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, Philippe Meunier, Ambassador of the Republic of France, Thomas E. Schultze, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tomislav Ćorić, Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy, and the presidents of the project partners’ institutions addressed the audience.

Key areas of cooperation

 

Under the project, the Croatian EPR system has been improved in order to fulfil reporting requirements primarily towards the EU and the UN. Experts prepared a manual for air emission calculations for national operators and provided recommendations on reporting to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. Another aim of the project was to strengthen the capacities of the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature and other national authorities. Within the project, a number of workshops were held for Stakeholders, competent authorities and industry.

 

The project has been implemented by the Environment Agency Austria, the Interprofessional Technical Centre for Studies on Air Pollution (France) and Federal Environment Agency Germany as well as the Croatian Agency for the Environment and Nature. The funds for these projects are provided by the European Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

The Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell

 

The Environment Agency Austria is the largest organisation of experts in the environment sector in Austria and, with a demonstrable track record of more than 100 projects in 27 countries in eastern and south-eastern Europe and in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency builds bridges between the economy, science and politics at national and international level and develops perspectives on the sustainable development of society in Austria, Europe and beyond. Since 1999 the Environment Austria has been supporting central and south-eastern European authorities in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU legislation.

 

Further information:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432