Considering people and environment

It is important that the Baltic Pipe Project is conducted with due respect for local communities and the natural environment. As it is the case in all major infrastructure projects, the implementation of the Baltic Pipe Project is contingent on the rigorous investigation of environmental conditions and the potential impact of the facility on the natural environment.

Environmental Impact Assessment

To start the process of issuing the required permits for the construction of the Baltic Pipe Project it is necessary to file the applications of Environmental Impact Assessment with the competent authorities in each country concerned (according to applicable local regulations) . The applications should contain a detailed description of the potential environmental impact of the Project and mitigation measures aimed at limiting or eliminating such impact.

What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a part of the proceedings related to the issuance of a decision on the environmental conditions for the project. These proceedings are of fundamental significance for the correct and timely implementation of the investment.

The purpose of the EIA for the project is to examine the possible impact of the Baltic Pipe on the natural environment and to determine the conditions to reduce as far as possible or to eliminate the risk of a negative impact on the environment.

Environmental Impact Assessment Process

The following diagram presents the particular key stages of the process of the EIA.

Baseline studies
Identification of existing environmental conditions through review of existing information and field surveys, to provide a basis for the assessment of the potential impact.
 
Potential impact
Identification of potential impact specific to the proposed project.
 
Assessment of impact
Identification and assessment of any potential significant impact on the environment.
 
Mitigation
The identification of measures to avoid, reduce or compensate the impact on the environment.
 
Residual impact
Identification of residual impact after mitigation.

The Schedule of the key stages of the Environmental Impact Assessment will be communicated on a regular basis and agreed during consultations with the relevant authorities.

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