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Incorporation of Sustainable Development Concerns in Regulatory Impact Assessments
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIA) are carried out in order to determine how a project or regulation affects the economy, society and environment. Traditionally, RIAs are carried out through cost benefit assessments and by monetizing different variables in order to assist policymakers with their decision. The main disadvantage of it, is that highly relevant social and environmental factors are difficult to quantify, thus providing weak or "incomplete" support to policy-makers in their final decision and enabling long-term consequences. An option to improving RIAs, is by taking into account such factors with the introduction of Sustainable Development (SD) concerns early in the decision making process. This is a trend that has been gaining more momentum and support, especially in OECD and EU members. The shift towards the inclusion of such concerns at a regulatory and legislative level nonetheless still presents itself to be a challenge and has wide room for improvements. On this research, four different countries and the European Union are analyzed and compared, presenting their current RIA practices and how much they take into account sustainability concerns with the intent on showing where can they be improved and better included.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 48 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 308
Keyword [en]
Regulatory Impact Assessment, Regulatory Impact Analysis, RIA, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Impact Statement, EIA, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, sustainable development, environment, policy making.
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-297575OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-297575DiVA: diva2:945065
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-06-02, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 11:30 (English)
Available from: 2016-07-14 Created: 2016-06-23 Last updated: 2016-07-14Bibliographically approved

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