ASSESSMENT OF ALTERNATIVES

  1. What are alternatives in terms of the EIA regulations and is an Applicant obliged to consider alternatives to a proposed listed activity?
  2. Why must alternatives be considered?

What are alternatives in terms of the EIA regulations and is an Applicant obliged to consider alternatives to a proposed listed activity?

Alternatives are the different options considered for achieving a proposed project. They may include an alternative approach, location/site, activity, process and/or technology. It is essential that the need and desirability of a proposed project be clearly defined. The EIA regulations require that alternatives to a proposed activity must be considered.

Q: Why must alternatives be considered?

The identification, description, evaluation and comparison of alternatives are important for ensuring the objectivity of the assessment process. The aim is to ensure that the selected activity has the fewest negative impacts, while meeting the identified need.