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Environmental Impact Assessment for Offshore Renewable Energy

General details of the subject

Mode
Face-to-face degree course
Language
English

Description and contextualization of the subject

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) relates to the process of identifying, evaluating, and mitigating the biophysical, social, economic, cultural and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made. This class provides an introduction to the methods used to predict environmental impacts, and evaluates how these may be used to integrate environmental factors into decisions.

The objectives are to provide students with¿

1. Ability to be conversant with the regulatory requirements for statutory EIA throughout the world.

2. Knowledge on some of the methodologies commonly used in preparing EIA.

3. Compentency in the evaluation of the quality of an Environmental Impact Statements and understand the requirements of the IEMA EIA Quality Mark.

4. Ability to understand the relationship between EIA and development decisions and understand the ways in which EIA can contribute to sustainable development and project design, and its limitations in this regard.

Teaching staff

NameInstitutionCategoryDoctorTeaching profileAreaE-mail
BLANCO ILZARBE, JESUS MARIAUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado Titular De UniversidadDoctorNot bilingualFluid Mechanicsjesusmaria.blanco@ehu.eus
EGUIA LOPEZ, PABLOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorNot bilingualElectrical Engineeringpablo.eguia@ehu.eus
MARTINEZ DE ALEGRIA MANCISIDOR, IÑIGOUniversity of the Basque CountryProfesorado AgregadoDoctorBilingualElectronic Technologyinigo.martinezdealegria@ehu.eus

Competencies

NameWeight
Be able to be conversant with the regulatory requirements for statutory EIA throughout the world.25.0 %
Be familiar with some of the methodologies commonly used in preparing EIA25.0 %
Be competent in the evaluation of the quality of an Environmental Impact Statements and understand the requirements of the IEMA EIA Quality Mark25.0 %
Be able to understand the relationship between EIA and development decisions and understand the ways in which EIA can contribute to sustainable development and project design, and its limitations in this regard25.0 %

Study types

TypeFace-to-face hoursNon face-to-face hoursTotal hours
Lecture-based305080
Seminar202545

Training activities

NameHoursPercentage of classroom teaching
Classroom/Seminar/Workshop20.0100 %
Expositive classes30.0100 %
Reading and practical analysis25.00 %
Systematised study50.00 %

Assessment systems

NameMinimum weightingMaximum weighting
Solving practical cases5.0 % 25.0 %
Works and projects35.0 % 55.0 %
Written examination30.0 % 50.0 %

Temary

Lesson 1 Intro to the course and to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Key implementation problems of the EIA process.

Lesson 2 Data for EIA. Carrying out an EIA ¿ key methods. Use of GIS for EIA.

Mitigation, enhancement issues and the use of EIA as a design tool. Key principles of ecological impact assessment.

Lesson 3 Consultation and public participation in EIA. Cumulative effects assessment. Follow-up. The value of EIA. Scenario simulation.

Lesson 4 Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Farm and onshore grid connection (buried cable and substation).

Lesson 5 Social Impact Assessment ¿ key principles and links to EIA

Enhancement issues and the use of EIA as a design tool.

Bibliography

Basic bibliography

1. Beattie, R. (1995), Everything you already know about EIA (but don't often admit). Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 15: 109-114. [Strathclyde 614.7 Serial]

2. English Nature, RSPB, WWF-UK and BWEA (2001) Wind farm development and nature conservation: A guidance document for nature conservation organisations and developers when consulting over wind farm proposals in England. English Nature, RSPB, WWF-UK and BWEA [http://www.bwea.com/pdf/wfd.pdf]

3. (*) Glasson, J., Thérivel, R. and Chadwick, A. (2005) Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment, 3rd Edition, London; New York : Routledge. [Strathclyde D 333.7 GLA]

4. IAIA (1999), Principles of EIA best practice. IAIA. [http://www.iaia.org/ ]

5. IEMA (2011) The state of EIA Practice in the UK. Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) (http://www.iema.net/eiareport)

6. João, E. (2002), How scale affects environmental impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 22 (4): 287-306. [Strathclyde 614.7 Serial]

7. João, E. (2005) Key principles of SEA. In: M. Schmidt, E. João and Albrecht, E. (eds.), Implementing Strategic Environmental Assessment, Springer-Verlag, pp.3-14. [Strathclyde Library D 349.4089 IMP]

8. João, E, F Vanclay and L den Broeder (2011), Emphasising enhancement in all forms of impact assessment: introduction to a special issue. Impact Assessment & Project Appraisal, September, 29(3): 170¿180. [Available online via Strathclyde registration]

9. European Commission (2012), Proposal for amending Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment. COM(2012) 628 final, Brussels, 26.10.2012 http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eia/pdf/com_628/1_EN_ACT_part1_v7.pdf

10. Ortolano, L. and Shepherds, A. (1995), Environmental Impact Assessment. In: Vanclay, F. and Bronstein, D. (eds.), Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, pp. 3-30. John Wiley. [Library D 333.7 BAR]

11. Scottish Government (2011) Planning Circular 3 2011: Guidance on The Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. Scottish Government [http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/06/01084419/0]

12. Steinemann, A. (2000) Rethinking human health impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 20 (6): 627-645. [Strathclyde 614.7 Serial]

13. Vanclay, F. (2006), Principles for social impact assessment: A critical comparison between the international and US documents. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 26 (1): 3-14. [Strathclyde 614.7 Serial]

14. Wilkins, H. (2003), The need for subjectivity in EIA: discourse as a tool for sustainable development. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 23: 401-414. [Strathclyde 614.7 Serial].

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