Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment

Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment

Towards a Seamless Connection between EIA and EMS

Edited by Anastássios Perdicoúlis, Bridget Durning and Lisa Palframan

The environmental impact of development projects is currently studied and mitigated from two distinct perspectives: before and after project implementation, with environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental management systems (EMS) being the main instruments on the respective sides. This double perspective creates a discontinuity in the way environmental impacts are analysed, an issue that has been noted by both academics and practitioners. This book gathers and presents both theoretical and actual examples to link EIA with EMS and explores ways to overcome difficulties and provide innovative solutions.

Chapter 8: EIA–EMS Link from the Renewables Sector

Fiona Becker

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, environment, environmental management, environmental sociology


Fiona Becker1 This case study provides an example of how linkages can be made between an Environmental Management System (EMS) and Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) within the Renewables Sector. The study is based on an example of how this has been adopted within ScottishPower Renewables, United Kingdom, as part of their EMS. 8.1 8.1.1 Setting the Scene ScottishPower Renewables ScottishPower Renewables is part of the world’s largest wind power company IBERDROLA. IBERDROLA, with renewable operations in 23 countries, is the world leader in its sector by both installed capacity (nearly 13,000 MW at June 2011) and output (over 15,000 million kilowatt/hour generated over the first half of 2011) (Iberdrola, 2011). ScottishPower Renewables became the first developer in the UK to achieve one gigawatt of electricity production capacity from wind power. The milestone was achieved after the company officially opened Arecleoch (120 MW) and Mark Hill (56 MW) windfarms in South Ayrshire in June 2011. ScottishPower Renewables, as of June 2011, has 24 onshore windfarms fully operational across the UK, consisting of more than 770 turbines. In order to achieve 1 GW of capacity, the company has invested more than £1 bn in wind energy in that last 1 Disclaimer: The views expressed in this Case Study are those of the Author and do not represent those of the employer, ScottishPower Renewables. 131 Furthering Environmental Impact Assessment decade (ScottishPower Renewables, 2011). ScottishPower Renewables (hereafter referred to as ‘the Company’) are committed to minimising the impact of their activities...

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