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Since 1999 the Environmental Assessment and Planning Research Group undertakes research on the environmental impacts of public and private planning as well as on management opportunities of decision-making processes by means of existing and new environmental assessment tools on the level of projects, plans, programs and policies.

Environmental assessment tools concern the consideration of media- and cross-sectoral environmental issues in planning processes in urban and rural areas. They serve political decision-making as well as public information and participation in the context of such processes.

For information on the Group's research activities please follow this Link.

Staff of the Environmental Assessment and Planning Research Group is involved in the bachelor course "Ecology and Landscape Planning" and in the masters programs "Environmental Planning" and "Environmental Policy and Planning". You will find the contents of these courses Link.


Successful student project on the first European Tesla-Gigafactory

Thursday, 25. March 2021

At the end of 2019, Tesla announced that a European Gigafactory would be built just outside Berlin. Soon, namely this summer, the first e-cars should roll off the assembly line. When asked why he was in such a hurry, Elon Musk replied "I believe in speed". He said it was important for the climate that we switch to renewable energies and e-mobility as quickly as possible. The factory in Grünheide is to become the "most environmentally friendly in the world.

But what is there to Tesla's promise of climate and environmental compatibility? In our study project, we took a close look at the establishment of Tesla in the tranquil town of Grünheide from many different perspectives. We, that is 17 students in the first semester of the bachelor program Ecology and Environmental Planning. We have learned a lot and we have summarized this knowledge for you in our podcast "Tesla-Grünheide und darüber hinaus".

In our podcast we talk about the site selection of the Gigafactory, the hotly debated Tesla speed, Tesla's credo as well as the future perspectives of e-mobility. We also discuss political backgrounds and look at raw material extraction, climate balances and more - on a national and global level.

If you're curious now and understand German, we invite you to listen to our podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-317444675?ref=clipboard&p=i&c=1

We hope you enjoy it!

And if you are interested in our sources, please have a look here: https://www.umweltpruefung.tu-berlin.de/v_menue/studium_und_lehre/studienprojekte/beendete_studienprojekte/tesla_gruenheide_und_darueber_hinaus/ 

Successful student project on climate change and EIA

Friday, 21. August 2020

Climate change is a challenging phenomenon that should be dealt with in EIA. Its large temporal and spatial scale, its complexity, and the considerable uncertainties derived from missing data and the knowledge of how climate change will modify environments, represent major challenges to practitioners. Although it is difficult to estimate the single role of a project on the global phenomenon of climate change, it is essential for us to recognize the importance of climate change consideration to adequately address all relevant impacts throughout the EIA process.
During our student project, Climate Change and EIA: Easy Said, Challenging Done, we developed a guidance document on how to integrate climate change into the EIA process based on current academic research and existing guidelines, and best practices from a selection of international environmental reports. The aim of this guidance is to formulate our recommendations for good practice of climate change mitigation and adaptation consideration in EIA, and thereby, support practitioners in integrating and enhancing this issue in practice.

Find the results of the project at: https://lehre.umweltpruefung.tu-berlin.de/MEP_Project/doku.php?id=guideline_for_climate_change_integration_in_eia_ss20:start



Online SEA-Conference "European Best Practice Conference on Strategic Environmental Assessment" 9.-11.9.2020

Thursday, 05. March 2020

We are pleased to host the first "European Best Practice Conference on Strategic Environmental Assessment" together with the Tallinn Forum and Mid-Sweden University from 9-11 September 2020. Due to the current Pandemic situation the conference will be hold online.

The conference aims to bring together European and international SEA actors. It is aimed at employees in authorities, planning offices, NGOs and academia who work with or are interested in the instrument of SEA. We want to facilitate an international exchange of experience, learn from good practice on SEA and discuss the future role, challenges and opportunities of SEA.

More information and a first overview of the programme can be found on our website: https://www.sea-conference.eu/

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