CIA urges broader scope in reporting of pollution

The Chemical Industries Association has welcomed the publication last month of the latest update of the Environment Agency’s database of emissions from regulated processes, the associated Spotlight on Business Environmental Performance and the Pollution Inventory. Dr Elliot Finer, CIA Director said: `This update continues the established practice for putting data about industrial emissions into the […]

The Chemical Industries Association has welcomed the publication last month of the latest update of the Environment Agency’s database of emissions from regulated processes, the associated Spotlight on Business Environmental Performance and the Pollution Inventory.

Dr Elliot Finer, CIA Director said: `This update continues the established practice for putting data about industrial emissions into the public domain. The chemical industry fully favours openness, and indeed has been publishing aggregated indicators of performance for many years, as well as publishing much data at site level.

`We welcome the broader context in this report, but believe that this needs to go further. For example, all emissions reported here pale into insignificance compared with the effects of vehicle exhaust fumes. We call on the agency to take the next step to widen the scope of its reporting.’

The CIA was pleased to see that four member companies are highlighted for their improved environmental performance in reducing volatile organic emissions. It added, however, that this is only one measure for judging environmental improvement. Other member companies have also made significant environmental improvements, it said.

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