Applying Sustainable Development (SD) principles to ESIF supported projects is necessary for ensuring that economic, environmental and social impacts and benefits are understood, and unforeseen consequences avoided.
This is essential for meeting requirements set out in Article 8 of the Common Provisions Regulation: “The objectives of the ESI Funds shall be pursued in line with the principle of sustainable development …”
Specific environmental considerations in scope include: resource efficiency; biodiversity and ecosystem protection; and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The links below provide more detail. Whilst these have not been developed by Managing Authorities, these can usefully help potential beneficiaries understand SD best practice.