This metric is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Guidelines. It covers one of the reporting requirements of Indicator G4-EN21 – ‘NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions’. Other pollutants included in this indicator are: Hazardous air pollutant (HAP), Persistent organic pollutants (POP), Volatile organic compounds (VOC), Particulate matter (PM), and other standard categories of air emissions identified in relevant regulations.
Air pollutants have adverse effects on climate, ecosystems, air quality, habitats, agriculture, and human and animal health. Deterioration of air quality, acidification, forest degradation, and public health concerns have led to local and international regulations to control air emissions. Reductions in regulated pollutants lead to improved health conditions for workers and neighbouring communities. Reductions, or performance beyond compliance, can enhance relations with affected communities and workers, and the ability to maintain or expand operations. In regions with emission caps, the volume of emissions also has direct cost implications.
This Indicator can also measure the scale of the organization’s air emissions and demonstrate the relative size and importance of these emissions compared with those of other organizations.
This metric is asking for the number of metric tonnes of particulate matter (PM) produced by the company:
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Global Reporting Initiative compliance guidance for companies:
To calculate particulate matter (PM) emissions - G4-EN21-a:
Identify significant particulate matter (PM) emitted by the organization and sources of significant air emissions release to the environment.
Calculate the amount of particulate matter emissions released to the environment.
Reporting on this Indicator should include the following contextual information as a comment to the metric value:
G4-EN21-b: Standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
G4-EN21-c: Source of the emission factors used.