Environmental impact assessment: a tool for sustainable development? A case study of biofuelled energy plants in Sweden
2002 (English)In: Environmental Impact Assessment Review, ISSN 0195-9255, Vol. 22, no 2, 129-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Properly performed, environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a useful tool for promoting sustainable development because it includes many components that can help facilitate intragenerational and intergenerational equity. In a case study, environmental impact statements (EISs) for Swedish biofuelled energy plants are analysed to see whether they include components vital to meet intra- and intergenerational equity, such as assessing local and global impacts, use of resources, public influence on project development, and alternative project design. The analysis shows that the environmental aspects of sustainable development on a local level are only partly met by EIA. However, global effects and effects on the management of natural resources are not assessed, excluding aspects that may affect future generations. Based on this, and since no concerns for sustainable development on a societal level were found, it is concluded that EIA practice in Sweden may not, to a full extent, serve as a tool to promote sustainable development
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 22, no 2, 129-144 p.
Environmental impact assessment, Sustainable development, Integrational equity, Intergenerational equity, Energy plant
National CategoryEngineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13782DOI: 10.1016/S0195-9255(01)00104-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13782DiVA: diva2:21465