Environmental Impact Assessments for Thermal Power Plants in China

When: 1997

Where: China

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • Provide all the necessary technical information  to build skills on site of utility managers on how to develop and manage a typical environmental impact assessment (EIA) study for thermal power plants in China

When: 1997

Where: China

What: Developing Technical Skills

In cooperation with the Clean Coal Engineering and Research Centre of Coal Industry of China (CCERC), the E7 Network of Expertise for the Global Environment participated to a seminar on Environmental Assessment for Coal-Fired Power Plants.  The seminar took place in Beijing on October 14-15, 1997, and was funded in part by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The purpose of this seminar was to provide information on the management of a typical environmental impact assessment (EIA) study, going over the steps necessary to complete the process from the applicable assessment methodologies and tools, environmental issue identification, potential environmental impacts of major energy supply options, to mitigation measures, and monitoring and follow-up methods.

Taking into account the suggested topics, our members focused their presentations on:

  • Reviewing member countries’ atmosphere standards and goals for emissions reduction.
  • Reviewing internationally accepted guidelines for the preparation of environmental impact assessment reports for energy projects.
  • Sharing how to develop environmental assessment guidelines for coal-type energy projects and associated methodologies for performing each step of the EIA process.
  • How to identify and estimate potential environmental impacts, both beneficial and adverse, for coal power plants.
  • Presenting methods, procedures, and software used in environmental studies.
  • Presenting control technologies used as mitigation measures.
  • Discussing means of improving plant efficiency

The seminar format provided an interactive forum that blended specific project examples with environmental assessment experience.

Participating members and partners

  • Enel
  • EDF
  • RWE
  • TEPCO
  • Ontario Hydro
  • Clean Coal Engineering and Research Centre of Coal Industry of China (CCERC)
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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