Strategic environmental assessment of power plants and electricity transmission and distribution networks

R.C. Furtado     Diversa Consultancy on Sustainability, Recife, Brazil


This chapter discusses the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of power expansion plans and programmes. The aim of this instrument is to improve planning processes in the power sector, increasing the sustainability of policy, plan and programme proposals. SEA has emerged as a means of responding to the numerous criticisms related to the environmental impact assessment of projects in terms of identifying the synergic and cumulative effects of such projects when they are part of a plan or programme. This chapter presents how SEA is considered in several countries, ...

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