Abstract of Section 3 of the Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

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Section 3: A sustainability assessment process for road-building and other development in Ireland


In this section we propose a sustainability assessment process. To oversee the sustainability assessment process, we recommend the creation of a new office, housed in the EPA, called the Office of Sustainability Assessment. We wish to emphasise that we are not proposing a separate strand of assessment in addition to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), but rather an overall structure within which they would be included. We believe our proposal would not require any changes to existing EU legislation on SEA and EIA, but could of course serve as a model for a revision of existing SEA and EIA processes.

In this document we primarily use roads as an example of how the sustainability assessment process would function. However, we believe that the model can be used for all forms of transportation-planning and other projects also; examples of the latter are land-use planning and development.

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Caroline Whyte has been involved with Feasta since 2002. She studied ecological economics at Mälardalen University in Sweden, writing a masters thesis on the relationship between central banking and sustainability. She contributed to Feasta's books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta climate group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. In February 2017 she participated in the World Basic Income conference in Manchester, discussing the potential for climate action to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide. She lives in central France, from where she edits the Feasta website.

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