Data transferability is the practice of using existing, relevant data or research to fulfill or reduce the permitting requirements of a new project. The limitations and requirements for data transferability have been described and defined iteratively throughout the data transferability process developed by OES-Environmental (formerly Annex IV). Not all data is transferable, and not all permit requirements can be fulfilled or reduced with transferred data. However, the possibility of transferring data could speed up permitting processes, reduce requirements for developers, and reduce the costs and financial risks for investors due to permitting unknowns. Data transferability can help the MRE industry begin to make a splash and contribute to numerous plans for carbon reduction and energy independence worldwide.
This report describes the data transferability concept and process developed by OES-Environmental to support the MRE industry, along with the feedback that has been received throughout the development process. The aim of the report is to describe the effectiveness of the data transferability implementation strategy and to detail future work in alignment with existing goals.