The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is a
publicly accessible internet database (www.npi.gov.au) designed to provide community,
industry and government with information on emissions to air land and water for the NPI listed substances
and transfers of NPI substances in waste, from industrial facilities.
There are 93 substances listed in the NPI. These substances have been
identified as important due
to their possible effect on human health and the environment
The NPI is a Commonwealth Government initiative, however, each State and Territory is responsible for implementing the
program. In Tasmania, the EPA Division administers and implements the
program and facilitates with industry to ensure correct reporting of
The NPI has the following objectives:
provide the community information, based on their 'right to know', about
emissions to, air land and water and
transfers in waste from industrial facilities across the State.
- To provide
information that can contribute to policy development and decision
making for environmental planning and management.
- To promote
waste minimisation, cleaner production and energy and resource saving
programs in industry and government.
Where does NPI data come from?
Industrial facilities that exceed
for one or more substances are required to calculate and report the
emissions that result from their operations to the NPI. The reported
amounts are checked by the by the Tasmanian NPI officer and then
submitted to the Australian Department of the Sustainability,
Water, Population and Communities. This data is then published annually
on the NPI website.
The NPI also collects data on transfers of waste. Transfer of waste is defined as the transport or movement of NPI substances on-site or off-site to a mandatory reporting transfer destination or a voluntary reporting transfer destination.
facilities report annually to the NPI in Tasmania.
Information on other sources of emissions that don't
exceed the reporting threshold is also reported on periodically. These sources include small industries, motor vehicles and other transport, lawn mowing, surface coating (e.g.
controlled burns, bushfires and small facilities. Information about
these other sources is collated by the EPA Division in Tasmania and
equivalent agencies in other States and Territories and reported on
What substances are included in the NPI program?
A full list of the 93 NPI substances can be viewed on the NPI website.
How can I use the NPI database?
You can use the NPI database to :
for emissions of a particular substance in your suburb
- Search for emissions from particular industries
Tasmanian emissions to the rest of Australia.
about the 93 substances included in the NPI and research the top emitters
of these substances in Tasmania.
emissions by source - i.e. emissions to air, land and water.
When is NPI data published?
The NPI collect emission data from facilities on an annual basis. Data is published at the end of March each year.
Understanding NPI data.
The NPI website
provides contextual information to assist users understand NPI sourced
data. Information including emission sources, substance properties and
health and environmental effects are available.