Emissions of organic matter

The emission of organic matter is a key environmental problem. Among the pollutants mentioned are Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), and Total Organic Carbon (TOC). BOD, COD and TOC are key indicators of the oxygen content of water. The pressure on the environment caused by discharges from urban waste water treatment plants can be estimated by reporting the quantities of discharges emitted into the environment over a year, estimated through measurements at the point of discharge or other methods applying, for example, emission factors, and including data on non-connected and scattered population, industrial effluents and agricultural runoff, if available. (Description from EEA)

The indicator emissions of organic matter is measured as BOD

Data host: 

European Environment Agency

Unit of Measurement: 

BOD, 1 000 kg O2/day

Description to get data: 

Download the Excel file that is linked under metadata

Type of Indicator source: 

  • Intergovernmental Organisation