A range of impact assessments have been undertaken for the project to address all relevant environmental and social aspects across the entire length of the pipeline. The purpose of the assessments is to ensure that all potential environmental, cultural and socio-economic impacts of the project are identified and assessed, and to develop measures to avoid and mitigate such impacts through all stages of the project. In combination these assessments form the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the project.
The assessments developed for the project comprise mandatory regulatory assessments, which include national Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) in each country through which the pipeline will pass – Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany. International requirements under the Espoo Convention also apply.
The company also performed supplemental assessments comprising a number of topic-specific assessments developed to meet additional requirements under international finance institution standards.
Our approach to the implementation of the Environmental and Social management control and monitoring requirements identified through the mandatory and supplemental process is described on the other topic pages of this site.
The Environmental and Social assessments have also included transparent and open dialogue with all stakeholders in the project. The approach to stakeholder engagement is described on the other topic pages of this portal as well.