Issues on implementation the register of emissions and transfer of pollutants in Kazakhstan, assessment methods of mercury and resistant organic emissions have discussed in Astana within a seminar “Pollutants and mercury emissions to the environment: definition methods, inventory and adding in State register of emissions and transfer of pollutants of the Republic of Kazakhstan”. The seminar has taken place on April 11, 2018 in Astana in «Grand Park Esil» hotel.

Seminar was organized by Information and analysis center of environmental protection, Program of development of the UN in Kazakhstan and Center “Assistance to Sustainable Development” with assistance of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Since 2017 industrial enterprises of category I have to provide reports on pollutants emissions for adding in the register of emissions and transfer of pollutants (PRTR) available to wide public. The list of substances which are subject to the report includes 86 substances including resistant organic pollutants, mercury and other dangerous chemicals.

The seminar was held for increasing of interested parties capacity regarding the Pollutants report, PRTR implementation in Kazakhstan and also pilot testing of portal for online emissions reporting.

60 people have participated in the seminar including representatives of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Administration of natural resources and regulation of natural recourse users, Department of ecology, Department of public health, mining, power, oil processing, metallurgical, chemical enterprises and SPA from Astana, Akmola, Karaganda, East Kazakhstan, Kostanay and Almaty regions.

Within session on State register of emissions and transfer of pollutants maintaining in Kazakhstan it was considered requirements of the Republic of Kazakhstan legislation for maintaining of State register of emissions and transfer of pollutants in the Republic of Kazakhstan, also the current situation on ratification of PRTR Protocol in Kazakhstan. National manuals projects by assessment methods of emissions for key and priority sectors have been submitted to participants.

During software session for providing the report in State PRTR, participants work with portal developed by RSE on PVC “Information analitycal center” which makes automatic process of PRTR maintaining. Architecture of created portal assumes three basic elements: application server as the main kernel, database server as the main data storage, private office as an instrument of users interaction with PRTR portal. Participants have taken part in portal testing, could enter data in a pilot mode and also have developed a number of recommendations about system improvement of online reporting.

During emission assessment sessions of mercury and other heavy metals to the environment and emissions assessment of resistant organic pollutants to the environment, participants have considered international techniques of emissions assessment developed by UNEP and EMEP.

Suggestion and recommendations which were announced within the seminar will be considered during PRTR implementation in Kazakhstan and improvement of methodical providing in the field of emissions assessment.