Environmental sustainability and environmental impact
From the local to the global level, the development of transportation has aroused as one of the biggest problems for the natural environment and the human health. On the other hand, it is evident that mobility and transportation is a prerequisite for personal and economic prosperity.
Goal of a long-lasting development of the passenger and freight transport therefore is to satisfy the existing demand for mobility and at the same time preserve natural resources at minimum economic expenses. One should always estimate the possible environmental impacts of proposed solutions beforehand and consider them while making a decision.
Herein, the environmental impact assessment (EIA) as well as the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) are essential instruments as with the help of those one shall systematically investigate and describe all potential environmental impacts and suggest solutions.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Gather