EU EIA revisions need more work, says IEMA

9th April 2013


Related Topics

Related tags

  • Local government ,
  • Central government ,
  • Construction ,
  • Consultancy

Author

IEMA

The European Commission's proposals to overhaul rules on environmental impact assessment (EIA) will not deliver more proportionate EIAs or ensure better environmental outcomes, says IEMA

In its position statement on the proposed revisions to the EIA Directive, the Institute reveals it is unconvinced that all of the proposed changes will benefit EIA practice. In particular, IEMA questions the value of requiring all annex II projects to undergo screening and mandating a scoping process led by planning authorities.

While welcoming the commission’s overall aims to ensure high-quality EIAs across the bloc, the Institute argues that some of the revisions are unclear and that others may result in unnecessary burdens without equivalent environmental benefits.

The response, which IEMA drafted after consulting its members, concludes that the changes to screening requirements, for example, could result in hundreds of thousands more screenings in the UK each year for fewer than 100 additional full EIAs.

It urges the commission to ensure that changes to screening minimise additional burdens on those involved in EIA and deliver “at least commensurate improvements in environmental protection”.

The Institute also rejects planned changes to article 5 on scoping, arguing that having planning authorities determine the scope and level of detail in an EIA will prevent a more iterative approach to design.

IEMA says responsibility for scoping would better sit with the developer, informed by the outcomes of a mandatory pre-application public consultation process.

Other recommendations include: ensuring new monitoring requirements are linked to a clear purpose and that the data collected are reported to the appropriate bodies; and greater clarity on changes to procedural elements, such as the maximum timeframe for determining applications, to neutralise risks of legal challenge.

IEMA’s position statement on the revisions can be downloaded from iema.net.


Transform articles

IEMA reacts to UK government's Net Zero Strategy

IEMA has raised concerns around a lack of funding for proposals outlined in the UK government's Net Zero Strategy, which was published earlier this week.

21st October 2021

Read more

Almost one-third of Europe's largest companies have now set net-zero emissions targets, but far less are set to deliver on their ambitions.

7th October 2021

Read more

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has today unveiled the most significant changes to its reporting standards since 2016, setting a new benchmark for corporate sustainability.

5th October 2021

Read more

Seven of the UK's 17 key industry sectors are still increasing their emissions year-on-year, and most will miss their 2050 net-zero targets without significant government action, new research suggests.

23rd September 2021

Read more

In February 2019, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 322 on Sustainable Finance was formed.

23rd September 2021

Read more

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a new 'Green Claims Code' to ensure businesses are not misleading consumers about their environmental credentials.

22nd September 2021

Read more

The UK government must develop regulation to stop the financial sector from providing billions of pounds to companies that threaten rainforests worldwide, WWF has said.

10th September 2021

Read more

Half of the world's 40 largest listed oil and gas companies will have to slash their production by at least 50% by the 2030s to align with the goals of the Paris Agreement, new analysis has found.

9th September 2021

Read more

Thames Water has been fined £4m after untreated sewage escaped from sewers below London into a park and a river.

30th July 2021

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert