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Pollution Prevention Plans

Perform a Pollution Prevention Plan obligations assessment now regulations have come into effect. Our team of specialists can assist in identifying eligible activities exceeding the regulation threshold.

On 21 July 2017, the Minister declared a number of greenhouse gases (GHGs) priority air pollutants and promulgated the National Pollution Prevention Plans regulations. The regulations impose the obligation to compile and implement pollution prevention plan for production processes set out in its Annexure A. The regulations apply to any of the specified processes involving direct GHG emissions in excess of 0.1 Megaton carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per annum. Download the declaration and regulations here and here


Our team of specialists can assist in identifying eligible activities exceeding the regulation threshold. Among other things, the pollution prevention plans need to include the following:


  • A description of production processes as listed in Annexure A
  • The amount of GHGs generated from these processes, reported in line with the National Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting Regulations
  • GHG emissions from the calendar year preceding the submission of the pollution prevention plan
  • The methodology used for monitoring the emissions
  • Details of mitigation measures that will be implemented and projected emissions reductions


Submission of Plans

The pollution prevention plan needs to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) five months from the promulgation date and must be reviewed every five years thereafter. In addition, a progress report must be submitted by 31 March every year.