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Integrating Climate Change Mitigation into the Impact Assessment Act


From: The Next Generation of Impact Assessment


This chapter considers the impacts of a proposed project on GHG emissions and carbon sinks at five critical stages of IA: triggering, information gathering, analysis, the project decision, and post-approval follow-up.



Meinhard Doelle

Meinhard Doelle is a professor of law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where he serves as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies. He was the Canadian Chair at the World Maritime University from 2019 to 2021. Meinhard served as a policy advisor to the federal government during the development of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and as a member of the Regulatory Advisory Committee, advisory to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and then minister of the environment. He co-chaired the Tidal Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment in 2007, served on the Lower Churchill Joint Federal–Provincial Review Panel from 2009 to 2011, and co-chaired the Nova Scotia panel on aquaculture from 2013 to 2014. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the new federal Impact Assessment Act in Canada. Meinhard has written on a variety of environmental law topics, including climate change, energy, invasive species, environmental assessments, and public participation in environmental decision making.