Sustainability assessments, engineering and the precautionary principle: The case of a transmission line

TitleSustainability assessments, engineering and the precautionary principle: The case of a transmission line
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCooper, T, Hsiao, A
Conference NameEthics in Science, Technology and Engineering, 2014 IEEE International Symposium on
Pagination1-8
Date Published23-24 May 2014
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCanada , COMMUNITIES , Context , Corporate , ECONOMICS , ethics , NATURAL , Northern , planning , power , PRECAUTIONARY , Project , Projects , RISK , socio-economic , SUSTAINABILITY , sustainable , transmission
AbstractIn order to maximize the sustainability of a natural resources project being promoted by an organization, socio-economic effects should not be considered in isolation but should instead be considered in the context of sustainability. In this paper, we discuss the environmental assessment of a transmission line in northern Labrador, Canada. Specifically we demonstrate the importance of the Precautionary Principle as a sustainability change mechanism in the project assessment for engineers and engineering firms. Through using the Precautionary Principle as a change and risk management mechanism, proponents such as natural resources companies and project engineers may better reach sustainability, corporate social responsibility as well as ethics strategies, objectives and goals.
DOI10.1109/ETHICS.2014.6893444

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