Strategic environmental assessment methodologies - Applications within the energy sector

Göran Finnveden*, Måns Nilsson, Jessica Johansson, Åsa Persson, Åsa Moberg, Tomas Carlsson

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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is a procedural tool and within the framework of SEA, several different types of analytical tools can be used in the assessment. Several analytical tools are presented and their relation to SEA is discussed including methods for future studies, Life Cycle Assessment, Risk Assessment, Economic Valuation and Multi-Attribute Approaches. A framework for the integration of some analytical tools in the SEA process is suggested. It is noted that the available analytical tools primarily cover some types of environmental impacts related to emissions of pollutants. Tools covering impacts on ecosystems and landscapes are more limited. The relation between application and choice of analytical tools is discussed. It is suggested that SEAs used to support a choice between different alternatives require more quantitative methods, whereas SEAs used to identify critical aspects and suggest mitigation strategies can suffice with more qualitative methods. The possible and desired degree of site-specificity in the assessment can also influence the choice of methods. It is also suggested that values and world views can be of importance for judging whether different types of tools and results are meaningful and useful. Since values and world views differ between different stakeholders, consultation and understanding are important to ensure credibility and relevance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-123
Number of pages33
JournalEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Applications
  • Energy sector
  • Strategic environmental assessment


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