Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Key or Hindrance for the Expansion of Renewables in Germany and Japan?

Webinar, 25th June 2020 (Thu), 10:30 a.m. CEST / 5:30 p.m. JST


25 MW Solaranlage in Miyazaki  (Quelle: Toshiba)
25 MW Solaranlage in Miyazaki (Quelle: Toshiba)

The increased expansion of renewable energies and the realization of large-scale projects such as onshore and offshore wind farms or megasolar plants is often connected to environmental questions and social acceptance both in Germany and Japan.

Are Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes in the current form more of a hindrance or a key to the fast expansion of renewables? How much citizen participation is necessary? Is it decisive for the acceptance of new projects?

The webinar presented the respective plans and specific challenges of the large-scale expansion of renewable energies (especially wind and solar) in Japan and the existing regulations on environmental impact assessment and public participation. In the Q&A session, invited experts discussed questions from the audience on the practice of EIA in both countries and on the possibilities of increasing acceptance among citizens and speeding up the procedures).

Supported by:

Federal German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)





Introduction and Moderation:

Johanna Schilling, ECOS


  • Takahiro Hosokawa, Asia Air Survey Co.,Ltd. / Director of JEAS (Japan Association of Environment Assessment)
  • Lars Langeleh, Westwind Entwicklungs GmbH & Co. KG


Johanna Schilling
Tel: +49 (0)541-911909 90