06/09/2016 - 07/09/2016
Recently the IMPEL-project “Doing the right things for permitting” took off. The project can be regarded as a follow-up of the Doing The Right Things for Inspections that developed and introduced the Environmental Inspection Cycle.
The Environmental Inspection Cycle is well known within IMPEL. It describes step by step how Environmental inspections should be planned and what to consider when executing the inspections. The Environmental Inspection Cycle is also used by IMPEL as a framework where other IMPEL inspection initiatives can hook up on to create a better cohesion between the tools that are developed.
Although there is a lot of experience in Europe in environmental permitting (first IPPC and later IED), the permitting procedure has never been described in a step-by-step guidance. As a result there is no level playing field for the procedures of environmental permitting, there is no guidance for new permitting officers and there is less cohesion between the IMPEL initiatives on permitting.
Doing the right thing for permitting is a three-year project that has the following aims:
1) in the first year we collect and compare the procedures that are used within Europe at this moment and clarify the needs;
2) in the second year we use this information to develop a guidance that is flexible enough to accommodate the authorities in Europe while issuing;
3) in the third year we organize training sessions on IED permitting and identify the gaps in tools and methodologies for issuing permits so new IMPEL projects can be initiated.
This project will also look closely at the relation between permitting and inspection, identify interesting case studies and best practices in Europe and identify and describe the steps that could be used in permitting procedures. In April and May this year we collected the questionnaires that was sent out to officials that are responsible or involved in the permitting procedures. Based on these questionnaires the workshop for September 6th and 7th 2016 in The Netherlands is organised.