The place of strategic environmental assessment in the privatised electricity industry

JAY, S. A. and MARSHALL, R. (2005). The place of strategic environmental assessment in the privatised electricity industry. Impact assessment and project appraisal, 23 (4), 315-324.


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The private sector has given relatively little attention to the emergence of strategic environmental assessment (SEA); even recently privatised utilities, where SEA might be deemed particularly appropriate, and whose activities are likely to fall within the scope of the European Union SEA Directive, have shown less interest than might be expected. However, the global trend towards the privatisation of state-owned enterprises makes the adaptation of SEA towards these industries all the more pressing. This paper addresses the place that SEA might take within the electricity sector, taking the privatised UK electricity industry as an example. Particular challenges are posed by the radical restructuring of the industry, designed to introduce competitive behaviour, making the development of comprehensive SEA processes problematic, and requiring SEA to be placed in the context of corporate environmental policy and objectives.

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Additional Information: JAY, S. and MARSHALL, R. (2005). The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Impact assessment and project appraisal, 23(4), 315-324, 2005.
Uncontrolled Keywords: electricity industry, privatisation, strategic environmental assessment, UK, utilities
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Built Environment Division Research Group
Page Range: 315-324
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:16

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