Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects: Section 3 abstract

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Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

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

Abstract

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 …

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Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

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Feasta recently completed a research project for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency to assess the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statements prepared for major road projects in the past and to devise a better assessment system for future projects from a complete sustainability perspective.…

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Two new research projects for Feasta: Carbon Cycles and Sinks, and Smart Taxes

Oct 15, 2008 Comments Off on Two new research projects for Feasta: Carbon Cycles and Sinks, and Smart Taxes

Feasta has been awarded multi-annual funding from the Irish Department of the Environment for two policy research projects:

Carbon Cycles and Sinks – to develop policies which will enable the Irish land mass to become a carbon sink rather than a source of greenhouse emissions. This project will be led by Richard Douthwaite, and Corinna Byrne has been hired as project coordinator and lead researcher.

Smart Taxes – to research, design, develop and adapt fiscal and market-based mechanisms to increase environmental, social and economic sustainability in Ireland. This project will be led by Emer O’Siochru, and Ellie Cuffe has been …

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A Study of the Hydrological Sustainability of the Roads Programme in Ireland – Orla Sweeney, Paul Johnston

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From the Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Summary

This work is a study of the Hydrological Sustainability of Road Development in Ireland and was undertaken in association with FEASTA (Foundation for Economic Sustainability), as part of a larger project on the overall sustainability of road development in this country.

The focus of this work is an analysis of the effectiveness of the environmental impact assessment process and its under-lying legislation in protecting the aquatic environment and its dependent ecosystems. In addition to this the overall requirements of the national road development programme in ensuring environmental sustainability, …

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The Treatment of Material Assets (Property) in Environmental Impact Statements in Ireland – Lorcan Sirr

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From the Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

This Report reviews the ‘Property’ section of the Kildare ByPass, the N6 Galway to East Ballinasloe, and the Lucan Outer Ring Road Phases I and II. The Report finds that property is grossly under-evaluated in these Environmental Impact Statements, and that part of the reason for this is the treatment of property in the Roads Act 1993, and also the lack of use of appropriately qualified personnel to conduct the assessment of property impacts for EISs. This Report makes 12 recommendations for the treatment of property in EISs, based …

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Evaluating the Social and Community Impacts of the Outer Ring Road: An Examination of the EIS Report and additional documents – Prof. Kevin Leyden

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From the Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Community Effects: Key Conclusions & Recommendations

  1. The main problem with the EIS “community effects” section is that its conclusions are – on the whole – subjective and speculative. Much of the research presented on community effects appears to be based upon opinion and not science. Even the methodology outlined by the “Environmental Assessment Advice Note from the UK Department of Transport Publication Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 11” is inadequately followed.
  2. More scientifically-based research on likely “community effects” should be conducted. Data and conclusions on the community

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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

Abstract

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 …

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New report on Cap and Share in South Africa

Sep 03, 2008 Comments Off on New report on Cap and Share in South Africa

The BRICSA countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are likely to play key roles in deciding the type of climate agreement that follows Kyoto. How likely are they to favour Cap amd Share? Feasta intends to produce studies of the effects that C&S might have on each. The pilot study, of the likely effects on South Africa, has just been completed by Jeremy Wakeford of South African New Economics and can be downloaded here. It will be used as a model for the remaining four reports. …

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Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on South Africa

Sep 03, 2008 Comments Off on Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on South Africa

cs_sa_coverThe BRICSA countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are likely to play key roles in deciding the type of climate agreement that follows Kyoto. How likely are they to favour Cap and Share? Feasta intends to produce studies of the effects that Cap and Share might have on each. The pilot study, of the likely effects on South Africa, has just been completed by Jeremy Wakeford of South African New Economics. It will be used as a model for the remaining four reports. …

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New project for addressing climate change

Aug 28, 2008 Comments Off on New project for addressing climate change

Feasta is launching an ambitious new project for addressing climate change on an international level. Just as a group of Swiss citizens, who were tired of appealing to warring armies to treat civilians and prisoners decently, set up the International Red Cross 150 years ago by calling a conference and inviting the governments that bothered to attend to subscribe to the IRC’s principles, we intend to adopt the same approach on climate change. Find out more about the project in Feasta’s discussion forum here.…

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Chinese-language overview of Cap and Share

Jul 30, 2008 Comments Off on Chinese-language overview of Cap and Share

Chinese speakers can read an overview of Feasta’s framework for addressing climate change, including a description of Cap and Share, in Chinese here. 气候工程,经济持续稳定发展的基础. …

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Feasta seminar series available online for free viewing

Jul 28, 2008 Comments Off on Feasta seminar series available online for free viewing

You can now watch multimedia presentations of all five seminars in Feasta’s seminar series Converging Crises, Policy Responses. These seminars took place in June and July 2008 and were presented by David Korowitz, Bruce Darrell, Richard Douthwaite, Emer O’Siochru and John Jopling. Their themes were “The Future’s Not What It Used To Be”, “Planning For Food Security”, “The Need For Benign Inflation”, “Reclaiming the Commons” and “Global Governance for Climate Change”. You can also watch an introduction and launch by Richard Douthwaite and Eamon Ryan, the Irish minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. More information

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Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements competition

Jun 09, 2008 Comments Off on Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements competition

The Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements is running a competition to design “a complete climate policy framework to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in the post-2012 period.” Cap and Share could fit the bill very well. Entries are due by July 1 and there are an unspecified number of $3000 prizes. If you’re interested and have some time to spare to help promote Cap and Share, please read more.…

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