EIA process must modernise in ‘watershed moment’

Proportionate EIAs have been called for by IEMA to tackle increasingly complex assessments and esoteric analysis

Environmental statements have grown rapidly since 1999. Photograph: Rawpixel/123RFEnvironmental impact assessments (EIAs) must modernise or else will diminish in significance and value, according to a new report.

A new framework to address current EIA failings was published by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) on 18 July.

The definition of EIA was laid out for the first time this year as the preparation of an environmental statement with consultation and consideration processes taken in relation to a planning consent decision, following implementation of the EU’s revised EIA Directive of 2014.

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