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Revision of the Guidelines for Strategic Assessment of Transport Infrastructure 2022

Project Leader
Gühnemann Astrid, Project Leader
BMK - Beauftragung
Type of Research
Applied Research
Hössinger Reinhard, Project Staff
Pfaffenbichler Paul Christian, Project Staff
Batiajew Valerie, Project Staff
Unger Eva-Maria, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Institute of Transport Studies
Adaptation of the SP-V Guideline 2022 (SEA and transport planning) - Systematic consideration of environmental goals including climate protection goals (SPV-Leitfaden22)
Funded by
Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Austria
The aim of the project is to revise the existing Austrian Guidelines for Strategic Assessements in the Transport Sector (SP-V). The SP-V guidelines serve as a guide for initiators of transport investments for the implementation and preparation of the necessary documents for an SP-V. Although the current guideline from 2018 has received positive feedback internationally, in practice there is still a need for an improved integral consideration of environmental goals, especially those of climate protection, which is strongly linked to transport.

In its current form, the guidelines already offer numerous starting points for the foresighted consideration and avoidance or minimisation of environmental impacts. Due to the very brief presentation of individual steps, such as the consideration of system alternatives, it would make sense to strengthen individual chapters in order to enable a transparent consideration of all relevant perspectives and a balanced evaluation of the planning alternatives. In this way, environmental objectives, possible changes in protected goods and measures to counteract these changes can be included in the strategic assessment, taking into account all relevant information and on the basis of a broad discussion of these with the actors within the framework of scoping.

The revision of the guideline therefore also aims at a strengthened balancing of different perspectives and interests, in particular a strengthening of the role of the BMK as a neutral and all-party supervisory authority and
a strengthening of the role of the stakeholders, in particular the environmental agencies, in result-critical procedural steps, especially in scoping, in the selection of the alternatives to be examined, as well as in the selection of the criteria for the evaluation of the alternatives.
Railway construction; Road construction; Transport economics; Landscape planning; Transport planning;
Strategic Assessment in Transport; Strategic Environmental Assessment;

Gühnemann, A.; Hössinger, R., Jiricka-Pürrer, A., Geißler, G., Batiajew, V., Unger, E.-M. (2023): Strategische Prüfung im Verkehrsbereich - Leitfaden Screening, Scoping und Umweltbericht.

, Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie (BMK), 116, Wien FullText


Gühnemann, A. (2023): Anpassung des SP-V Leitfadens 2022.

Informationsveranstaltung zur Anpassung des SP-V Leitfadens 2022, 27.01.2023, Vienna, Austria

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