- Northern Territory Government Environmental Impact Assessment Guide: Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change. This Guide aims to assist proponents in providing the information needed by the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport (NRETAS) to assess the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from proposed projects and assess other potential impacts from proposed projects under projected future climatic. The Guide can also be access on-line at the following link. It was prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport of the Northern Territory Government on July 2, 2009.
- Incorporating Climate Change Considerations in Environmental Assessment: General Guidance for Practitioners. This document provides environmental assessment practitioners with general guidance for incorporating climate change considerations in environmental assessment at the project level. It includes methods that can be used to obtain and evaluate project’s GHC emissions and impacts of climate change on a project; key information to address climate change considerations in EA; and methodology to promote consistent approach when considering climate change in the EA process. The Guidance can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Assessment, and issued in November 2003.
- The Canada Environmental Agency web-page features a number of complete research reports that have contributed towards the advancement of knowledge to integrate climate change considerations into the Environmental Assessment. The web-site can be accessed at this link.
- Incorporating Climate Change into the Environmental Impact Assessment Process – Practitioner’s Guide. This Guide was developed by a group of members of ClimAdapt, a Nova Scotia Climate Change Initiative launched in 2001, to assist practitioners to incorporate climate change considerations into the environmental impact assessment process. The document does not address issues related to GHG control. The Guide can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by Alan Bell, Norval Collins and Robert Young and issued in June 2003.
- Evaluation of the ClimAdapt Guide to Incorporate Climate Change into the Environmental Impact Assessment Process. This report summaries the results of a study to evaluate the utility of the ClimaAdapt Guide (see above reference) by applying it to six case studies in Canada covering a wide range of project types and climate areas. The report can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by Alan Bell, Norval Collins, Cameron Ells, George de Romily, Alison Rossiter and Robert Young for The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency; and issued in March 2003.
- A Guide for Incorporating Adaptation to Climate Change into Land Use Planning. This Guide aims to help land use planners to incorporate adaptation to climate change within municipal land use planning strategies. The Guide can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by CEF Consultant s Ltd and CBCL Limited, and issued in November 2005.
- New Zealand
- Climate Change Effects and Impacts Assessment: A Guidance Manual for Local Government in New Zealand. This Guidance aims at helping local governments identify and quantify opportunities and hazards posed by climate change to their functions, responsibilities and infrastructure. The Guidance can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by the Ministry for the Environment, and issued in May 2008.
- Scoping Report for an Environmental Assessment of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and Closely Related Measures. This non-government report aims to identify potential environmental impacts of the emissions trading scheme over the period 2008 to 2020, identify possible response measures to address these impacts, and identify areas where further environmental assessment is warranted. The Guidance can also be accessed on-line at this link. It was prepared by Jim Sinner, Judy Lawrence, Roland Sapsford and Paul Blaschke for the Emissions Trading Group; and issued in April 2008.
- The Netherlands
- The Netherlands Climate Change Impacts and Spatial Planning Decision Support Guidance presents a series of tools, which can be used to assist planners in carrying out their own climate change risk assessment. It puts emphasis on climate change adaptation rather than climate change mitigation. This guidance document applies the UK Climate Impact Program (UKCIP) decision-making framework and illustrates how it can be applied to the ‘climate-influenced’ decisions that need to be made by spatial planners at a variety of different spatial scales (local, regional and national). This high level screening tool helps spatial planners to consider the potential impacts of climate change in their appraisal process focusing on constraint mapping, tipping points (or threshold analysis), high level risk assessment and decision pathways. The Netherlands Climate Change Scientific Assessment and Policy Analysis identifies adaptation strategies both for the public and private sectors while exploring some of the synergies that may exist amongst the various policy options. The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency is continuously assessing new adaptation options to impacts of climate change in the Netherlands. Four major programs are currently being implemented on climate change, which include: the Delta Program, the National Programme for Spatial Adaptation to Climate Change (NPSACC), the Knowledge for Climate Program (KCP) and the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI).
- United Kingdom
- Strategic Environmental Assessment and climate change: Guidance for practitioners. This Guidance suggests how climate change issues can be considered in SEA in England and Wales. It presents information on the causes and impacts of climate change and how they can be described and evaluated in SEA. It also describes how adaptation and mitigation measures can be developed through SEA. The Guidance and other interesting documents related to SEA and climate change can also be accessed on line at this link. This Guidance was prepared by the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, English Nature, UKCIP, Levett-Therivel Sustainability Consultants, CAG Consultants and the Environmental Change Institute, and issued in 2007.
- United States of America
- Draft NEPA Guidance on consideration of the effects of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. This draft guidance memorandum, dated February 18, 2010, has been issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to obtain comments from the public on ways in which the Federal agencies can improve their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change in their evaluation of proposals for Federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Guidance can also be access on-line at this link.