Re: IP 00103/22 - An application for a new Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) permit in relation to the operation of an animal by-product treatment facility which involves a discharge of industrial effluent
To:: Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise -
The Malta Sociological Association (MSA) MSA is proposing that a social impact assessment (SIA) takes place on this proposal. Various methods, both quantitative and qualitative could be used within social impact assessments. SIAs should involve the participation of different stakeholders. Analytic indicators should be provided and the entire process should be subject to peer review by independent experts in the field. This could help identify shortcomings and possible improvements to the same SIA. SIAs should not be one-off exercises: They should be ongoing processes which engage with various stakeholders and which report back so as to ensure effective policy processes. They should also use complementary research methods so as to ensure reliable and valid data.
We refer to international SIA standards, for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment: