Daily Archives: February 6, 2017

Lessons from the EU: Evaluating CEQ’s Recent Guidance on the Consideration of the Effects of Climate Change on Federal Actions Subject to NEPA

Marc Jia Renn Tan – The Council on Environmental Quality recently issued guidance to assist federal agencies in their consideration of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change when evaluating proposed federal actions under the National Environmental Policy Act and the CEQ regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA.  The non-legally binding guidance aims to provide a common assessment framework for agencies to improve clarity, consistency, and efficiency when analyzing the effects of climate change through the environmental impact assessment process, while also providing for agency discretion to tailor individual NEPA reviews to their “unique circumstances and authorities.” The analysis recommended by CEQ is two-fold: (i) “[t]he potential effects of a proposed action on climate change”, and (ii) “[t]he effects of climate change on a proposed action.”  This field report will discuss and evaluate the former focus of CEQ’s guidance with comparisons to the EU’s analog, with particular focus […]