Data transferability and collection consistency has been a major focus for Annex IV since 2017. (Under this project, we define "data" to include raw or quality assured data, but also information especially in the form of analyses, reports, etc.). The goal is to engage the MRE community to enable the transfer of data from already permitted/consented projects to inform permitting/consenting of future projects. Steps in the process include developing a data transferability framework, data collection consistency table, monitoring dataset discoverability matrix, and best management practices to guide the transfer of data. If the MRE community were to embrace this process, the advantages include shorter permitting/consenting processes and lower costs for environmental baseline and monitoring data collection. Outreach and engagement in this area by Annex IV is highlighted here:
- April 2019 Data Transferability Workshops for US Regulators: Presentation and Recording (coming soon)
- Upcoming Regulator Workshops
- May 28th and 30th: Retiring Risk and Data Transferability Worskhops for US Regulators
- If you are interested in attending either of the May workshops, please email email@example.com for more details or to RSVP
- Data Transferability Best Management Practices engagement – the Annex IV team held a series of webinars to engage US regulators that participated in the previous environmental effects of permitting MRE developments webinar, regulator workshops, those who participated in the Annex IV Workshop at ICOE, and the broader MRE community to gather additional feedback on the Data Transferability Best Management Practices and Implementation Plan.
- Data Transferability Process for MRE webinar for US Regulators: Presentation and Recording
- Optimizing Permitting for MRE through Data Transferability webinar
- Annex IV Workshop at ICOE 2018 – based on the findings of the regulator focus groups, a workshop was held at ICOE 2018 in France that brought together regulators, developers, consultants, and research to continue to gather additional feedback on the Data Transferability Framework, detail lessons learned from the focus groups, and work towards an implementation plan.
- Data transferability regulator workshops – regulator workshops were held with US regulators in-person and online to demonstrate data and information on environmental effects from MRE developments, to understand regulator's willingness to transfer data, and to gather feedback on the Data Transferability Framework.
- Data transferability literature review and white paper – the PNNL team completed a literature review on data transferability and put together a white paper that detailed the literature review and a framework based on the findings.
- Regulator Webinars – the PNNL team held two consecutive webinars to discuss environmental effects of permitting MRE developments with regulators involved in these processes and conducted a survey to better understand challenges for permitting MRE developments.