Development sprints #25 and #26: Reporting simpler using Calculator

Thursday, 26 February 2015

During development sprints 25 and 26, the AERIUS team implemented the limit values regulation of the Integrated Approach to Nitrogen (PAS) in the Calculator. Users will now immediately see whether their project will stay within these limit values, and under the PAS  they will be able to report straight from the Calculator programme. Together with the competent authorities, great efforts are made in the further development of Register.

In addition to the limit values regulation, developers also have worked on the Calculator’s functionality that enables users to review whether their project complies with provincial policy regulations. Another new feature is the option of using the Calculator to calculate the temporary impact of a certain project. This applies, for example, to surface mineral extraction, sand nourishment or to a project’s set-up phase. The developers, furthermore, have implemented new systematics for the cumulation of emission factors for animal housing systems (Rav codes) and for reducing/additional techniques to cut emissions.

Simple reporting
The so-called limit values regulation is an important part of the simplification of the permit-issuing process under the PAS. Under the PAS, according to this regulation, projects with an annual nitrogen deposition that will remain below the limit value of 1 mol per hectare do not require a permit. It will suffice to report the projected low deposition level. Following the calculations on a project, Calculator will indicate straight away whether the project will stay below the limit value. If so, the user can then click on to the AERIIUS ‘Reporting module’, which is placed within a secure environment. After login – using DigiD or E-recognition and after answering some legally required questions – the report will be forwarded automatically (using AERIUS Connect) to AERIUS Register. The user will receive confirmation when the report has been processed.

Close collaboration for Register
The AERIUS team, currently, is closely collaborating with all parties involved in the development of Register. A workshop will be held on 9 and 10 March with competent authorities to work on the permit-issuing process in relation to AERIUS. During this workshop, the results from various working groups will be compared and agreements will be made about the processes around permit applications. 

These agreements will provide the AERIUS team with functional requirements in the further development of Register. This may concern a Register queue for the technical implementation of the principle of ‘first come, first served’. Another example could be the ‘decision attachment’; a document generated by AERIUS which the competent authority may attach to a decision, containing all the calculation information on which it is based. Other subjects could be the period of time within which permit applications will be processed, the way objections and appeals are dealt with, or how mutations of applications are handled.