|EMMISSION OF PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS – Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)|
The indicator tracks the trends inpolychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
kg (kilograms per year)
What progress has been made in overall reduction of emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Republic of Macedonia?
In 1990, the overall national emissions of PCBs amounted to 187,5 kg. Since then, emissions have been reduced significantly to drop by 96% in 2016 or at a level of 7,5 kg.
The Diagram below shows annual trend in PCBs emissions for the period 1990to2016.
Diagram 1.Trend in emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Under the CARDS Programme, Inventory of air emissions of the main pollutants in the country was established in 2005 in accordance with the EMEP methodology by individual sectors, i.e. activities, and in 2014 Inventory including all pollutants was prepared.
Sectors based on the above mentioned methodology and SNAP – selective nomenclature of air pollution are presented in the table below:
|Energy Production and distribution|
|Commercial, instiucional and households|
|Use of solvents and products|
The main source of PCBs emissions in 2016 was the sector Industry (combustion)with a share of 74,5%. Other sectors that contribute in PCBs emissions, in 2016, are: Commercial, institutional and households and Industry (combustion), related to combustion of fuels in non-industrial buildings and combustion plants in industrial facilities, with shares of 9,9% and 9,3%, respectively. The sector Non-Road transport contributes with share of 6% in the total PCBs emissions. Others sectors are insignificant sources of PCBs.
Diagram 2. Emissions ofpolychlorinated biphenyls PCBs bysectors in 2016
Which different sectors and processes contribute to emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)?
The main source of PCBs emissions in the period 1990-2016 was the NFR category 2 – Industrial processes with share of 74% in 2016 (99% in 1990). Within this sector, the highest contribution to overall national emissions of PCBs originated from subcategory 2C5 Production of lead. The main source was the smeltery in Veles which terminated its operation in 2003 contributing to significant reduction in overall national emissions of PCBs as of 2005 onwards.Other sources of emission in 2016 were NFR categories 1A2 – Manufacturing industries and Construction (Iron and steel production) with share of 15% and 1A4 – Other sectors (mainly household heating) with share of 10%.
NFR categories 3 – Agriculture and 5 – Waste were insignificant source of PCBs in 2016.
In 2016, compared to 2015, the total PCBs emissions are significant decresing (by 35%) mainly because of decresing of emissions of PCBs from NFR category 2 – Industrial processes
Diagram 3.Emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by NFR sectors per year
Sources of data: The data used refers to overall national emissions and emissions categorized by NFR delivered by EEA member and collaborating states to EEA and Secretariat of the United Nations. Data is accessible per country on the following web address:http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/mk/un/clrtap/inventories/envwovm7g/.
- Methodology for indicator calculation
The methodology for this indicator calculation is based on calculated national emissions and emissions by NFR categories of this pollutant as reported to EEA (European Environmental Agency) and UNECE/EMEP (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe/Cooperative programme for monitoring and evaluation for transboundary air pollution transfer under the Convention on Transboundary Air Pollution Transfer) in February 2016. Data used in this report is in accordance with the data submitted, the difference being that additional allocation of national emissions has been made apart from NFR (as sent to international organizations) also by sectors.
Calculations are in line with the Guidebook of EMEP/EEA on air emissions inventory taking published in 2009, 2013 and 2016.
Methodology used for calculation and presentation of this indicator is given in EMEP/EEA Guidebook for inventory of air pollutant emissions of 2009, Guidebook of 2013 and Guidebook of 2016 which may be accessed at the following links http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/emep-eea-emission-inventory-guidebook-2009, http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/emep-eea-emission-inventory-guidebook-2013 and http://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/emep-eea-guidebook-2016).
Action Plan for European Partnership, as well as National Plan for approximation of the national legislation with European regulations specifying bylaws that need to be prepared have been adopted.
The National Environmental Action Plan (NEAP II) was adopted. It contains the measures that need to be taken to improve the overall status of air quality, including the reduction of emissions of acidifying substances. The National Plan for Ambient Air Protection for the period 2012 to 2017 specifying the measures for air protection on national level and the National Programme for gradual air emissions reduction by 2020 have been adopted in order to define and implement measures on national level.
Does any of the national documents set target or target should be achieved in accordance with other international documents?
National strategic documents listed as references in the above text provide guidelines and specify actions that should be undertaken as a matter of priority. It is important to mention thatbylaws have been prepared in the area of air emissions transposing Directives 96/61/EC, 2000/81/EC, 2000/76/EC, 99/13/EC and 2001/81/EC, ranging between 90 and 100%.
In accordance with the requirements of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, inventory based on EMEP/EEA Guidebook for inventory of polluting substances into the air, setting the target of regular inventory of pollutants in tons per year following the n-2 principle, where n is the current year. For this polluting substance, limit values of air emissions are set in the bylaw which is compliant with the following directives: 2001/80/ЕC, 1999/13/EC and 2000/76/EC.
Also, targets – basic obligations for this polluting substance are also set in the Protocol to the 1979 UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution concerning persistent organic pollutants, ratified in our country in 2010 (Official Gazette of RM no.135/2010).
Under the Protocol, national overall emissions of PCBs in n-2 year (where n is the current year) should not exceed the overall emission calculated for 1990 (taken as baseline year). The Republic of Macedonia is in compliance with this Protocol considering the emissions presented here for 2016. Compared to 1990, emissions of this pollutant have been reduced by 96%.
The Law on Ambient Air Quality adopted in August 2004 and amended several times afterwards (Official Gazette of RM no. 67/2004, 92/2007, 83/2009, 35/10, 47/11, 100/12, 163/2013, 10/2015 и 146/2015) is framework law in the area of air. The goals of this Law include avoiding, prevention and reduction of harmful effects on human health and environment as a whole, prevention and abatement of pollutions leading to climate change, as well as provision of appropriate information on the quality of ambient air.
On the basis of the Law on Ambient Air Quality, 16 bylaws were prepared and adopted to introduce limit values for air quality and air emissions, methodology of air quality and air emissions monitoring, manner of preparation of planning documents for air protection against pollution, manner of informing the citizens and international organizations, etc.
In relation to the obligations for calculation of the emissions of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the following convention and protocol as international ratified agreements are of relevance:
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants ratified by the Law on Ratification (Official Gazette of RM no. 17/2004).
Protocol to the 1979 UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution concerning persistent organic pollutants, ratified in our country in 2010 (Official Gazette of RM no.135/2010).
- Reporting obligations towards international agreements – UNECE-CLRTAP and ЕЕА
- Annual Report of Processed Data on Air Emissions
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|MK NI 062||Emissions of persistent organic pollutants – polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||EEA