The Compliance Monitoring Data system - VAHTI
The VAHTI compliance data system functions as a tool for the 13 Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in their work on monitoring permits. The data system contains information on the environmental permits of clients and on their wastes generated, discharges into water and emissions to air. This baseline data is used by the Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment and by other interested parties. Additionally, case management has been incorporated into the system.
VAHTI also contains information on how installations comply with environmental regulations. At the beginning of 2005, a new application will be added that contains data on how the regional environment centre carry out their compliance monitoring.
Currently, there are 200 active users of the system in the state environmental administration and more than 4000 industrial installation which have send electronic reports. The system has a sound reputation as an effective tool in the everyday work of the environmental administration. Moreover, the data system already provides substantial reports for the diverse needs of the administration and for other interested parties needing information.
The user interface makes it possible to add new customers, change or add customers' data, retrieve reports from the database and write inspection reports. Additionally, the system has other helpful functions, such as mapping functions and a calendar to remind an inspector of time limits.
VAHTI is a customer information system (operators must have an environmental permit from the authorities) containing, for example, the following information (Figures 1 and 2):
- contact persons
- respective authorities
- licence conditions
- environmental insurance
- loading points, such as stacks and sewers
- emissions control equipment
- treatment plans
- boilers and fuels used
- emissions to air, discharges to water and wastes
- energy production
- raw materials
- water consumption
- fish farming
- peat production
- animal shelters
The table below shows the number of installations that reported environmental loading of waste or environmental loading into air or water in 2009.
The permit, or the emissions monitoring and reporting programme annexed to the permit, includes orders on what the operator (i.e. person or legal person in charge of a facility) must report to the authorities. Operators are encouraged to send their periodical reports to the authorities electronically via the TYVI operator (TYVI = flow of information from customers to authorities), see Figure 3.
For more information
Mr. Markku Hietamäki, Environment Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org [markku hietamaki]