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INSPIRE as an effective tool for e-reporting: the EEA “EU Registry on Industrial Sites” data model

Stefania Morrone and Christian Ansorge

(Submission #297)


INSPIRE Directive can be a tool with huge potential for streamlining the environmental reporting process and improve efficiency, effectiveness and coherence of spatial data management for the benefit of environmental policy making and assessment. The EU Registry on Industrial Sites initiative of the European Environment Agency represents a big step forward towards consistent pan-European e-reporting based on INSPIRE. The EU Registry data model extends the INSPIRE Production and Industrial Facilities core model in accordance to the extension rules set out in the Annex F of the INSPIRE Generic Conceptual Model, i.e. it does not change anything in the INSPIRE PF Data Specification but normatively references it with all its requirements. The creation of a new extended model and schema is justified by the business case as it combines three different reporting obligations in a single model. More specifically, the EU Registry application schema imports INSPIRE PF schema, adding new types and new constraints and extending INSPIRE code lists to cater for the specific requirements stemming from the Industrial Emissions legislation. The EU Registry will collect identification and administrative data on European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Regulation (E-PRTR) facilities, installations under the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED), large combustion plants (LCPs) and waste incineration and co-incineration plants (WI). At the same time, the EU Registry will be the reference dataset for the relevant integrated thematic reporting on Industrial emission. The data on pollutant releases and transfers will follow the “Linked Approach” by referring to entities reported to the EU Registry by means of unique identifiers, avoiding duplication of information. Moreover, providing industrial emission reporting according to an INSPIRE extended schema empowers the Member States to streamline their efforts to fulfil both INSPIRE and e-reporting obligations, since investments in implementing the EU Registry are building on their INSPIRE compliance. In conclusion, the EU Registry is a first important example to demonstrate how development of e-reporting using the INSPIRE approach should lead to a significant efficiency and effectiveness gain over the coming years. Required investments at national and EU level will not only result in efficiency gains but also improve the possibilities of using the environmental data for more integrated assessments or forecasting models. The EU Registry approach can be considered a “win-win” deal, putting in practice the “once only” principle underpinning the INSPIRE Directive.


Topic Area:  [3.2] End user applications on the use of INSPIRE with a focus on regulatory monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Comments:   e-reporting, INSPIRE extensions, Production and Industrial Facilities

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