International Association for Impact Assessment

Call for Reviewers: Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidance for Renewable Energy

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    Call for Reviewers: Strategic Environmental Assessment Guidance for Renewable Energy

    In 2022, IAIA launched a multi-phase initiative to develop new guidance for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for renewable energy and to promote the use of the guidance for SEAs in relevant policies, plans, and programs that support the transition toward renewable energy and a low carbon future. Leading this initiative are Miles Scott-Brown and Professor Barry Dalal-Clayton, who between them have over 79 years of experience promoting sustainable development on an international scale.

    Why now? The world is fast approaching a point of no return due to the climate crisis, a situation that was largely induced by the world’s reliance on the burning of fossil fuels. There is no doubt that in order to create a just and sustainable future for people and the environment, a global energy transition away from fossil fuels to renewable sources is required. Recognizing that the use of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) can greatly assist in this necessary shift toward renewable energy, IAIA began to develop this initiative as part of IAIA’s larger Climate Change Action Plan.

    IAIA is pleased to announce that a preliminary draft of the guidance on the use of SEA for renewable energy is now available for review and comment. The chapters can be accessed as PDF files from the IAIA website.

    The guidance covers the basics of SEA (origins, theory, key steps, methods, tools, etc.) and includes chapters on key issues for hydropower, solar, wind, geothermal, and tidal and bioenergy as well as the retirement of coal-fired power plants and closure of associated coal mines.

    IAIA welcomes your comments and suggestions. General feedback on each chapter can be given on the IAIA website. In order to provide more specific feedback and to suggest edits/additions, please request the Word files for the chapters you are interested in by emailing

    Reviews are due by 15 June 2023.

    Thank you for your continued support and for working with us to help advance this important initiative.

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