1 The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN2 Aalborg University Copenhagen, The Faculty of Humanities, Aalborg University, VBN3 Department of Development and Planning, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Aalborg University, VBN4 The Faculty of Engineering and Science (TECH), Aalborg University, VBN
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.
Conference Proceedings of Iaia12: Energy Future - the Role of Impact Assessment, 2012