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Save the Date: 11–12 November 2014 public meeting in Mexico City 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 Montreal, 22 August 2014—The CEC invites you to save the date for a public meeting that will explore how government information on pollutant releases can support pollution prevention within North American industry. Industrial facilities in North America regularly report their releases (e.g., to air, water and land) and transfers (e.g., to recycling) to North America’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Registries (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). Participants will hear about the latest developments in each national PRTR program and have the opportunity to exchange information and ideas with PRTR representatives from the three countries. 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 production 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 pollutant data, using the CEC’s North American PRTR database, Taking Stock Online. The 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 between 2005 and 2010.   Stay tuned for registration information and the full agenda of Taking stock of pollutant reporting and sustainability progress in North America: A focus on the automotive manufacturing sector and supply chain at www.cec.org/events. For more information on the North American PRTR Project, see: www.cec.org/prtr.   The meeting is open to all citizens and interested participants from industry, government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and media. Space is limited. Financial assistance is available for a limited number of participants. 

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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