Topical issues of introduction of the pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR) in Kazakhstan were discussed in Astana. The seminar “International experience and current Kazakhstan practice of implementing the pollutant release and transfer register” was held on October 30, 2017.

At present, works on ratifying the PRTR Protocol to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters is carried out in Kazakhstan. The Environmental Code has been amended to introduce a State PRTR (Article 160).

The seminar was held within the framework of the Project “Information and Analytical Center for Environmental Protection” RSE and UNITAR “Global PRTR Implementation Project as a Tool for POPs Reporting, Dissemination and Raising Awareness for Kazakhstan” and with the support of the OSCE Program Office in Astana. The organizer was the Center “Cooperation for Sustainable Development”.

More than 70 people took part in the seminar. Among the participants of the seminar were representatives of state bodies: the Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information, the Department of Waste Management, the Department for Climate Change, the Committee for Environmental Regulation and Control of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Department of Ecology of the Karaganda Region, the Committee on Statistics of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, IAC EP RSE on CEC of the Ministry of Energy of the RK, “Kazhydromet” RSE, “Zhasyl Damu” JSC. Industrial enterprises took an active part in the seminar: Samruk-Energo JSC, NC KazMunayGas JSC, JSC ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC, KPO B.V., ATYRAU REFINERY LLP and other enterprises of mining, energy, oil refining, metallurgy, and chemical industries. The non-governmental sector was represented by regional Aarhus Centers and other NGOs.

The main goal of the seminar was to increase the potential capacity of specialists on the PRTR issue and formulate proposals for developing methodological support for PRTR implementation in Kazakhstan.

Participants are presented with the main provisions of the PRTR Protocol, an overview of the implementation of the PRTR in Kazakhstan, the National Proposals of the Republic of Kazakhstan on PRTRs, and the current requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on providing information for public PRTRs.

The seminar was attended by the international expert – the head of the “Citizens Support Center”, the coordinator of the projects of the NGO Arnika (Czech Republic) Martin Skalsky. He answered to the questions of state bodies, industrial enterprises and NGOs on international experience and best practices for implementing the PRTR Protocol.

The listeners considered the current situation on the estimation of emissions and transfer of pollutants into the air, sewage, soil (from production and consumption wastes). During the discussion, the participants analyzed the list of pollutants for PRTR reporting.

Within the framework of the discussions the participants spoke on the main important aspects of PRTR implementation in Kazakhstan. Industrial enterprises are concerned about the introduction of additional forms of PRTR reporting, nongovernmental organizations – the availability of PRTR data and the possibility of their use.

All proposals made during the seminar will be reflected in the Workshop Protocol and will be used in the future when implementing the Project and implementing PRTRs in Kazakhstan.

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