Harmonized framework for elaboration of comparable release inventories of Annex C chemicals
Pollutants release inventories are necessary to identify, characterize and quantify sources of these releases; set priorities; elaborate strategies and action plans to reduce these releases; and to evaluate effectiveness of these strategies by establishing release trends through inventory updates.
Release inventories should be:
- Complete (no important source category should be omitted)
- Transparent (use of particular activity data and emission factors should be clearly described, justified and referenced)
- Reliable (best available scientifically sound information should be used)
- Comparable between countries and
- Consistent over time
The Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Releases of Dioxins, Furans and Other Unintentional POPs (Toolkit) provides a harmonized framework for elaboration of release inventories under the Stockholm Convention, fulfilling the above attributes.