Case study

Case study

Developing the UK’s persistent organic pollutants emissions inventory

As a signatory to the Stockholm Convention (2009), the United Kingdom (UK) has a legal obligation to report on emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which comprise emissions of dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCH).

In order to comply with the convention, Defra appointed Ricardo to create a comprehensive emissions inventory that would accurately account for UK’s persistent organic pollutants.

Ricardo, on behalf of Defra, created the first, full, multimedia (including emissions to air, water and land) POPs inventory in 2009. Since then we have provided annual updates to these estimates and further expanded to include nine additional species of POPs and to cover five individual vectors, adding products and residues to the existing inventory for air, water and land. This continued evolution and expansion

The persistent organic pollutants emissions inventory developed by Ricardo ensures the UK not only fully compliment with the latest reporting requirements under the Stockholm Convention but also has a comprehensive understanding of emissions of POPs within its jurisdiction. It also provides an evidence base to inform future policy and has already been used by the UK Government to establish its National Implementation Plan for control of persistent organic pollutants.