Vietnam: Group I investment projects must carry out a preliminary environmental impact assessment

This is a notable content of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam on November 17, 2019.

Dự án đầu tư nhóm I phải thực hiện đánh giá sơ bộ tác động môi trường, Luật Bảo vệ môi trường 2020

According to Article 29 of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 of Vietnam, projects subject to preliminary environmental impact assessment (PEIA) are group I investment projects specified in Clause 3 Article 28 of this Law. The PEIA shall be conducted during the period of pre-feasibility study on investment in construction, proposal for investment guidelines and request for approval of investment guidelines for investment projects subject to investment guideline decision or approval in accordance with the Law on Investment, Law on Public Investment, Law on Public-Private Partnership and Law on Construction.

The PEIA shall focus on:

- Assessing the conformity of the investment project location with the national environmental protection strategy, national environmental protection planning and environmental protection contents in regional planning, provincial planning and other relevant planning;

- Identifying and predicting major environmental impacts of the investment project on the basis of scale, production technology and location of the project;

- Identifying environmentally sensitive factors present in the investment project location according to the location selection methods (if any);

- Analyzing, assessing and selecting a scheme regarding scale, production technology, technology for waste treatment and location of the investment project, and solutions for reducing environmental impacts;

- Determining notable major environmental issues and environmental impacts during the EIA.

Note: Entities proposing the investment group I investment projects shall conduct PEIA. PEIA contents shall be considered by a competent authority together with the application for investment guideline decision or approval.

View more details at the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 of Vietnam, effective from January 01, 2022.

Ty Na

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