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Environmental Assessment, Climate Change, Impact Assessment, Assessment Process, Climate Mitigation


This paper explores the integration of climate mitigation into the environmental impact assessment processes. The focus here is on the much neglected mitigation element (which is defined to include GHG emissions as well as impacts on natural sinks such as forests, soils, grasslands and oceans). To this end, the paper considers how to integrate the GHG emission and sinks impacts of projects at five critical stages of the assessment process: triggering, information gathering, analysis, the project decision, and post-approval follow-up.


This is a draft chapter/article. The final version will be available in The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Risk, Innovation and Resilience edited by Francesco Sindico, Stephanie Switzer, & Tianbao Qin, forthcoming 2021, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

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