Customers as decision-makers: strategic environmental assessment in the private sector

JAY, S. A. (2007). Customers as decision-makers: strategic environmental assessment in the private sector. Impact assessment and project appraisal, 25 (2), 75-84.


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Despite its diversification and global spread, strategic environmental assessment (SEA) remains limited mainly to activities characterised by well-defined planning processes, typically within the public sector. This article explores the possible application of SEA within certain private-sector contexts where higher-level strategy-making itself is inherently weaker and development is often piecemeal and reactive. The possible adaptation of SEA to the preparation of a strategic document by a particular industrial concern in the UK is examined: this draws attention to the multi-actor nature of development processes within the industry. This leads to the suggestion that SEA in this setting should be thought of as a form of environmental advocacy oriented towards industrial customers, who are understood as sharing a decision-making role in infrastructure development.

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Additional Information: JAY, S. (2007). The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Impact assessment and project appraisal, 25(2), 75-84, 2007.
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision-making, electricity industry, private sector, seven year statement, strategic environmental assessment, transmission companies
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Built Environment Division Research Group
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Page Range: 75-84
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:04

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