IAIA is pleased to announce that the preliminary draft of a guidance document on the use of SEA for renewable energy is now available for review and comment, with feedback due by 15 June 2023. Climate change is a major driver of the need for an energy transition away from fossil fuels to renewable sources. Recognizing that the use of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) can greatly assist in the necessary shift towards renewable energy, IAIA launched a multi-phase initiative in 2022 as a key element in its wider Climate Change Action Plan. It aims to:
(a) Develop guidance for SEA for renewable energy
(b) Promote use of the guidance for SEAs undertaken for policies, plans and programmes that support the transition towards for renewable energy with low carbon future.
Barry Dalal-Clayton and Miles Scott-Brown have been engaged by IAIA to lead this important initiative. We are now progressing through Phase B and are pleased to share the preliminary draft guidance.
The guidance will cover the basics of SEA (origins, theory, key steps, methods, and tools, etc.) and include chapters on key issues for hydropower, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal and bioenergy as well as the retirement of coal-fired power plants and closure of associated coal mines.
Further information about this initiative and reports are available under Resources > Hot Topics.
The preliminary draft is now available for review and comment. The chapters can be accessed below as separate pdf files to make their transfer, management and editing easier.
IAIA would welcome your comments and suggestions. These should be sent to: SEA4renewables@gmail.com by no later than 15 June 2023.
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It would greatly assist the consultants if you could frame your responses in the following manner:
These instructions are also available in PDF format.
The following chapters can be dowloaded as pdf files. If you would like to suggest edits or additions to the text, please request a Word file version of the chapter and make you edits/additions directly into the text in 'track changes' mode and then send these to SEA4renewables@gmail.com.
Preliminaries (e.g. aims, definitions, abbreviations, contents, etc.)
PART A: GENERIC ISSUES
Chapter 2 Legal requirements and commitments to applying SEA
Chapter 3 Stages and steps for undertaking SEA
PART B: SUB-SECTOR SEPCIFIC ISSUES
Chapter 4 National and sub-national energy policies, plans and programmes and the use of SEA
Chapter 5 Key issues for SEA in the hydropower sub-sector
Chapter 6 Key issues for SEA in the wind power sub-sector
Chapter 7 Key issues for SEA in the solar power sub-sector
Chapter 8 Key issues for SEA in the bioenergy sub-sector
Chapter 9 Key issues for SEA in the geothermal energy sub-sector
Chapter 10 Key issues for SEA in the tidal energy sub-sector
Chapter 11 Key issues for SEA in retirement of coal-fired power stations and associated mine closures
PART C: OTHER ISSUES
Chapter 12 Guidance for institutions involved in the energy transition
Following this first consultation window, (ends 15 June 2023), we will consider all responses and start work to revise the chapters and produce a full draft by the end of July 2023. This will also be available on this website for further review.
Following a further review window (August-September 2023), further revisions will be made to finalise a working draft by October 2023. IAIA will then consider this for approval. This working draft will subsequently be available for use for general use during Phase C.