The State of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Practice in the UK
IEMA’s report into the EIA practice in the UK is based on a two year research study.
The report (accessed via the front page image or the link at the bottom of the page) captures both the current state of EIA practice and looks to the future; identifying how assessment could develop to make an even greater contribution to the effective integration of the environment into the design and consenting processes.
Over the next decade the UK will engage in a major period of infrastructure renewal and development. The potential environmental and social impacts (both positive and negative) associated with such developments will play a major role in determining both the speed at which such infrastructure is deployed and whether individual applications gain consent. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is the tool that acts as the interface between the environment, development and communities, enabling projects to work within the limits of the natural environment.
Over the past 25 years EIA has enhanced the consideration of environmental and social issues in over 10,000 major development projects across the UK, ensuring that key infrastructure is delivered with minimal environmental impact and increasingly with environmental gains.
Click on the link below or the report's front page to download.