Climate Change in Environmental Impact Assessment of Renewable Energy Projects

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Abstract

Many renewable energy projects are subject to EIA. However a question that surfaces is what use an impact assessment is when the project is ‘good for the environment’? One of the current topics receiving much attention in impact assessment is climate change and how this factor is integrated in impact assessments. This warrants the question: How do we assess the climate change related impacts of a project that inherently has a positive effect on climate? This paper is based on a document study of EIA reports from Denmark. The results show that climate change is included in most of the EIA reports reviewed, and that only climate change mitigation is in focus while adaptation is absent. Also the results point to focus on positive impacts, while the indirect negative impacts are less apparent. This leads to a discussion of the results in the light of the purpose of EIA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of IAIA12: Energy Future - The Role of Impact Assessment
Number of pages6
Publisher International Association for Impact Assessment
Publication date1 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
EventIAIA12: Energy Future - The Role of Impact Assessment - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 27 May 20121 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceIAIA12
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period27/05/201201/06/2012

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Larsen, S. V. (2012). Climate Change in Environmental Impact Assessment of Renewable Energy Projects. In Conference Proceedings of IAIA12: Energy Future - The Role of Impact Assessment International Association for Impact Assessment.
Larsen, Sanne Vammen. / Climate Change in Environmental Impact Assessment of Renewable Energy Projects. Conference Proceedings of IAIA12: Energy Future - The Role of Impact Assessment. International Association for Impact Assessment, 2012.
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