Digital EIA: Can pioneering technology help environmental assessment overcome its ‘obesity problem’?

Environmental statements can run to thousands of pages, costing developers up to £250,000. Some see the process as impenetrable. But efforts to transform it through digital technology are gathering pace, in part due to Covid-19 social distancing measures and restrictions on movement

by David Burrows
Digital technology is providing new ways of managing and displaying data associated with environmental impact assessments. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty Images
Digital technology is providing new ways of managing and displaying data associated with environmental impact assessments. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty Images

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