Sustainability Impact Assessment: Definitions, Approaches and Applications in Europe

  • Gerald Berger (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


This paper focuses on sustainability impact assessments (SIAs) in Europe. Generally, impact
assessments (IAs) must be seen as a tool that addresses important governance challenges,
like informed (or knowledge-based) decision-making, policy integration, strategic
management, transparency and stakeholder participation. The growing acceptance of
sustainable development (SD) as overarching policy goal has recently stimulated much
interest inmethods and tools that assess the impacts of SD policies. The paper will first
provide a definition and overview of different IA approaches. Second, it will describe the
integrated IA system developed and applied by the European Commission. Finally, two case
studies of Switzerland and Belgium will show how SIAs are applied to national policy-making.
Period12 Mar 200814 Mar 2008
Event titleEASY-ECO Vienna Conference 2008 “Governance by Evaluation: Institutional Capacities and Learning for Sustainable Development”
Event typeUnkonwn
Degree of RecognitionNational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 506014 Comparative politics
  • 502022 Sustainable economics