environmental impact assessments

Synonyms

EIAs

Definition

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) is an established technique for setting out the environmental impacts of options and seeking control measures and alternative options with lower environmental impacts. The conduct of an environmental impact assessment or statement may be a statutory requirement for major changes involving potentially significant environmental impacts. aim of an EIA is to integrate environmental considerations at an early stage in the decision-making and planning process so as to identify effective means of reducing these impacts. (UKCIP, 2003)

Broader terms

impact assessments