Reflecting on the preparation of guidelines for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of nuclear power programmes

Fischer, TB ORCID: 0000-0003-1436-1221, Welsch, M and Jalal, I
(2019) Reflecting on the preparation of guidelines for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of nuclear power programmes. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 37 (2). pp. 165-178.

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© 2018, © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. In this paper, the ‘guidelines for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of nuclear power programmes’ by the International Atomic Energy Agency are introduced. This includes a reflection on their preparation process and contents as well as consultation feedback. The preparation process started with two meetings of international nuclear and SEA experts and the creation of a writing team which prepared an initial set of draft guidelines. This was followed by various consultation exercises. The guidelines are organised along an allocation of tasks within a tiered system of energy related policies, plans, programmes and projects. Whilst consultation showed that there was agreement on the approach to most issues, no consensus was present on the extent to which economic and social issues should be fully integrated with environmental considerations. Strong support was given to the way quality review is designed, going beyond focusing on the main SEA reports to cover procedural and participatory aspects next to elements of a comprehensively tiered decision making framework, the ability to influence decisions as well as the quality (expertise and experience) of those involved in conducting the SEA. Abbreviation: SEA: Strategic Environmental Assessment; EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment; IAEA: International Atomic Energy Agency.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic environmental assessment, nuclear power programmes, guidance, guidelines
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:05
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2018.1560667
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