Climate Change and Environmental Impact Assessment
The Sabin Center has compiled several databases to track the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change impacts in Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) prepared by federal and state agencies. We are currently working on an update to our Federal EIS database, which will cover federal EISs prepared between 2012 and 2014.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other EIA laws have been interpreted or expressly amended to require the consideration of how climate change may impact a project and its affected environment. As noted by the Council on Environmental Quality in its Draft Guidance on the Consideration of Climate Change Under NEPA, the impacts of climate change may have implications for the environmental consequences of a project, and thus fall squarely within the realm of NEPA considerations. The Sabin Center has compiled a report on this topic and prepared a set of model protocols for addressing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under NEPA and state equivalents.