Environmental assessments and sustainable finance frameworks: Will the EU Taxonomy change the mindset over the contribution of EIA to sustainable development?

Dusik, Jiří and Bond, Alan (2022) Environmental assessments and sustainable finance frameworks: Will the EU Taxonomy change the mindset over the contribution of EIA to sustainable development? Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 40 (2). pp. 90-98. ISSN 1461-5517

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Abstract

Environmental Assessment is a globally mandated tool for helping to deliver sustainable development, yet decision makers frequently use it to legitimise trade offs between socio-economic gains and environmental losses. As a result, environmental assessment is frequently criticised for its inability to prevent incremental environmental degradation. However, new frameworks stipulating what can be deemed as ‘sustainable investment’ or ‘sustainable economic activity’ for financing under sustainable finance frameworks are being developed. These are known as taxonomies of sustainable investments, and they have the potential to radically change the environmental outcomes of decision making, based on a ‘significant contribution’ and ‘do no significant harm’ approach to critical environmental components. We illustrate how they can change the mindset for the sustainable development expectations associated with policy tools like environmental assessment. Further, we demonstrate that emerging taxonomies can benefit from integration with existing environmental assessment systems. Conversely, an appropriate use of taxonomies of sustainable investments in environmental assessment systems can further strengthen the existing EA systems and allow them to better address the environmental sustainability priorities of the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental assessment,sustainable finance,greenwashing,taxonomies,climate change,biodiversity,water,environmental assessment,environmental science(all),management, monitoring, policy and law,geography, planning and development,sdg 13 - climate action,3* ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 12:31
Last Modified: 24 May 2022 14:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/82877
DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2022.2027609

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