Evaluation of Emissions Declarations 2004

Evaluation of Emissions Declarations 2004
2008 - 2010
Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA)

Overview

The project’s objective is to improve the German Federal Environment Agency’s emission inventory, i.e. filling gaps and improving on weaknesses. An evaluation of emissions declarations in line with the 11th ordinance (11. BImSchV) to the German ‘Clean Air Act’ (Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz - BImSchG) will therefore be carried out. Such emissions declarations are to be submitted to the federal authorities by all facilities which are in need of an environmental permit.

The project’s focus is on stationary internal combustion engines.

The emission performance of the following facilities will be also be analysed:

·        Tanks for liquid and gaseous fuels,

·        Production of bitumen roof sheeting,

·        Asphalt mixing plants,

·        Ceramic industries,

·        Pulp and paper plants

·        Rendering plants

A central objective of the project, alongside the findings on emission factors (the amount of emissions in relation to fuel input or product) for 2004 which are partly technology- and/or fuel-specific, is to investigate the use-value of emissions declarations in principle in drawing up national emissions inventories, to assess uncertainties and to generate estimates of the development of emissions factors over the period 1990 – 2010.


Background

As a party to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto-Protocol as well as the Geneva Convention on Transboundary Air Pollution (UNECE), Germany is obliged to produce, publish, and regularly update emissions inventories for air pollutants. In addition, in the EU directive on National Emission Ceilings (NEC-Directive 2001/81/EC) reliable emissions forecasts are required in order to assess the effectivity of emissions reduction measures. As a consequence Germany has numerous obligations concerning the production, reporting and verification of emissions inventories. The emissions inventories are subject to continuous improvement in all qualitative aspects: accuracy, completeness, consistency, comparability, and transparency.

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