Gepubliceerd in The Environmentalist / Auteur: Paul Eijssen
Paul Eijssen talks to the environmentalist about digital environmental impact statements and how they could transform assessments
For many years, the environmental impact statement (EIS) has been widely regarded as an obligation rather than a useful tool for decision-making. New developments, including rapid advances in information communication technology (ICT), demand greater public participation and calls for community engagement offer big opportunities to develop the tool in a transparent, accessible and interactive digital form. A pilot project at consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has revealed the possibilities of, and enthusiasm for, using a digital EIS. Strategic consultant and associate director of smart urban environment Paul Eijssen says it marks the start of a journey to optimise the use of technology to empower stakeholders across the industry. Here, he explains how the digital EIS came about and where he foresees it will take the industry.