Thru.de usually provides raw data about how much pollution to the air, water and soil is emitted by industrial facilities and on the amounts of waste they dispose of. In other words, Thru.de does not, as a rule, provide information about the capacity of a given industrial facility or about how many products an operator produces. This is because facilities can choose to report on their production capacity but have no duty to do so. However, if this information is disclosed to us, Thru.de passes the information on to you. Up to now, about one per cent of all facilities have been willing to disclose this kind of information.
Since most facilities do not provide information about their production capacities, a number of questions arise:
- Is the amount of a facility's pollutant emissions or waste disposal relatively high or low?
- How harmful is it for local residents and the environment?
- How little or how much is a facility actually doing to protect the environment?