Environmental impact assessment Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required under the authorisation procedure for a large number of projects (projects, plans and programmes) where significant environmental impacts are expected. These include, for example, motorways, federal roads, railways, waterways, dikes, sewage treatment plants, landfills, high-voltage power lines, industrial zones or plants, or intensive livestock farming (projects) but also land use and development plans. An EIA procedure will examine, describe and evaluate the impact of the project on humans, animals and plants, water, soil, noise, air, climate, cultural and material assets and the resulting interactions. The results of the environmental impact assessment are summarized in the so-called environmental report and must be taken into account in official decisions. The public must be involved in the environmental impact assessment. The environmental impact assessment is an independent part of the relevant administrative authorisation procedure, which is used to decide on the project in question (so-called "huckepack procedure").

Detailed information on environmental impact assessment issues can be found on the homepage of the "Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU)".