Diffuse Air Releases (Art 8) under the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) Regulation

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Created 27 May 2011 Published 07 Jun 2011 Last modified 14 Sep 2016
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The European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) is a web-based register established by Regulation (EC) No 166/2006 which implements the UNECE PRTR Protocol.

European data

European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) diffuse air emission datasets.

The set of 32 maps shows the distribution of air pollutant emissions from diffuse sources. The data is based on a scale of 5 by 5 km grid and includes details of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3), carbon dioxide (CO2) and particulate matter (PM10). It complements existing data on emissions from individual industrial plants included in the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR).

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Field nameTypeDescription
Pollutant String (10.0) Name of pollutant
Year Integer (4.0) The emissions reference year
Unit (tonnes/grid)
for CO2 (kilotonnes/grid)
String (2.0) The unit of the emission values
Value Real (19.11) The emission value for the 5x5km2 grid


GIS data

Raster 5x5km lzw-TIFF



Additional information


Additional information

  • Article 8 of the Regulation sets the condition for the Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, to include in the European PRTR information on releases from diffuse sources using an adequate geographical disaggregation and to provide information on the methodology. The current datasets include information on emissions from road transport, shipping, aviation, heating of buildings, agriculture and small businesses (diffuse sources).
  • The maps show spatially distributed emissions for the year 2008, based upon sectoral emissions data officially reported by countries to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
  • Further information on diffuse source releases into water and soil will be available in coming years.
  • The layers are available on the E-PRTR integrated map viewer at:


Geographic coverage

Temporal coverage