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Media Release

Registration now open for the Public Meeting of the CEC’s North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Project

Taking stock of pollutant reporting and sustainability progress in North America: A focus on the automotive manufacturing sector and supply chain.

11–12 November 2014, Mexico City

Montreal, 29 September 2014—The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is pleased to invite you to participate in the public meeting of the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Project, to be held in Mexico City, Mexico, on 11-12 November 2014. The meeting serves as a forum for citizens and representatives of industry, academia, governments and nongovernmental organizations concerned with North American environmental pollution to explore how government information on pollutant releases can support pollution prevention within North American industry.

Industrial facilities in North America report their releases (e.g., to air, water and land) and transfers (e.g., to recycling) to North America’s PRTRs: Canada’s National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI), Mexico’s Registro de Emisiones y Transferencia de Contaminantes (RETC), and the United States’Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). At the meeting, officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States will present updates on their respective PRTR programs, providing the opportunity for participants to exchange and discuss a variety of related issues.

A key focus of this year’s meeting will be on PRTR reporting and pollution prevention practices among North American automotive, bus and truck manufacturers and their product suppliers (supply chain). Since 2012, the CEC has been working to increase collaboration in this highly integrated North American sector by fostering the creation of trilateral, industry-wide partnerships to exchange ideas and information relating to sustainability. At the meeting, industry leaders will share information on best practices and innovations relating to PRTR reporting, green chemistry, recycling, and waste reduction.

Participants will also explore the latest available trilateral pollution data, using the CEC’s North American PRTR database, Taking Stock OnlineThe CEC will also present key findings from Taking Stock 14, the latest volume in our ongoing PRTR series that provides information and comparative analyses of PRTR reporting by North American industrial facilities.

Registration information and a draft meeting agenda are available at www.cec.org/PRTRmeeting. Please note that space is limited; we encourage you to register as soon as possible. There is no registration fee for the meeting and it is open to all citizens and interested participants from industry, government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and media. Financial assistance for travel is available for a limited number of qualified participants. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is 14 October 2014.

For more information on the North American PRTR Project, visit: www.cec.org/prtr. We look forward to seeing you in Mexico City. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Marilou Nichols at (+1 514) 350-4341 (mnichols@cec.org), or Danielle Vallée at (+1 514) 350-4333 (dvallee@cec.org).

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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