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  • Better planning and implementation with the “Anticipate-and-Avoid” method, considering both short-term and long-term effects.

  • Minimise negative impact and associated cost.

  • Create a learning environment by feeding back info to the database.

  • Stakeholder participation allows for greater transparency and creates more sustainable and consensual policy solutions.

  • SIA uses a variety of tools and methodologies to capture less monetary aspects of sustainability.


Full integration of the three sustainable development aspects


A focus beyond numbers

  •  Uses a variety of tools and methodologies to capture the less readily monetised aspects


Stakeholder involvement

  • Ensures input on the possible impacts (direct or indirect) and trade-offs from different perspectives and disciplines.

  • Politicians, civil servants, stakeholders and civil society can all contribute.

Transparent, independent & evidence-based

  •  Carried by external party, with best-chosen tools and methodologies

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A methodological soft policy instrument for developing integrated policies which

take full account of E+S+G.

  • Investigate the interrelations between these aspects, weighted impact of each component (pillar) against the others is included.


Assessment takes place before policies are been formulated

  • SIA follows well-defined methodologies and procedures that are transparent and creates a learning environment.

  • SIA assesses whether a proposed policy will contribute to sustainable development or not; does not evaluate the policy against its own goals.

Green Balconies

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