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Streamlining Environmental reporting re-using INSPIRE: the case of the EU Registry of Industrial Sites

Jose Miguel Rubio Iglesias, Stefania Morrone and Daniel Martin-Montalvo Alvarez

(Submission #86)


As acknowledged in the Fitness check on Reporting and Monitoring exercise carried out last year by the European Commission, the full implementation of the INSPIRE Directive would increase the availability of environmental information and data at national level and, if organised efficiently, reduce the need to collect some of these data through reporting. INSPIRE has started to be integrated in specific reporting data flows in a stepwise manner. One of the streamlining projects in which INSPIRE is being currently embedded is the EU Registry on Industrial Sites. This 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 and waste incineration and co-incineration plants. While ensuring consistency with the underlying sectorial legislation, it builds on the compliance with the INSPIRE Directive and related Implementing Rules. Once established, the registry will be the reference (geospatial) EU dataset for the relevant integrated thematic reporting on industrial emissions, reducing reporting burden and data management costs while avoiding duplications and inconsistences across the sectorial legislation. The agreed EU Registry data model extends the INSPIRE Production and Industrial Facilities (PF) core model in accordance to the extension rules set out in the INSPIRE Generic Conceptual Model. The creation of a new extended model and schema is justified by the business case as it satisfies three different reporting obligations through 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 presentation will therefore update the INSPIRE community on the status and outlook in the implementation of the INSPIRE aspects of the EU Registry, which ran a testing phase during the first quarter of 2018 and is planned to be operational by the end of this year. It will also elaborate on the linkage between the industrial sites features included in the Registry and the reported (thematic) data on pollutant releases, building on the “Linked Approach” concept also tested in other data flows like the CDDA (Common Database of Designated Areas). Finally, the presentation will discuss the benefits (e.g. recovery of investments on INSPIRE implementation, streamlining of related reporting obligations) versus the challenges (e.g. complex encoding, technological gaps) arising from the solution applied.


Topic Area:  [1.2] Environmental monitoring and reporting
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   Yes
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   Yes
Comments:   EU Registry, Industrial Emissions, Production and Industrial Facilities, E-PRTR, IED, Linked Approach, Sectorial reporting

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